Amid a festive atmosphere at the Sacramento Press Club on Thursday, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and local officials unveiled the “Think Big Sacramento” task force’s long-anticipated arena financing plan for a new sports and entertainment complex that NBA commissioner David Stern says is needed to keep the Kings in the state capital.
Well, that was the plan — to unveil The Plan on how to finance a proposed $387 million arena to be constructed downtown on city-owned land.
And it was hoped the Maloofs — brothers Joe, Gavin and George, the team’s majority owners since 1999 — would be so blown away by the “Nexus Report,” as the task force calls it, that they would smile for the cameras, shake hands with all of the politicians and, of course, thank Stern for forcefully dissuading them from moving the franchise to Anaheim earlier this year.
Except the Maloofs didn’t show up for the announcement.
Nor did the NBA send anyone to show its support for the arena plan. (Stern is very busy trying to settle the NBA lockout, but surely he could have sent an emissary, if he thought it was important.)
I don’t know about you, but, Youngman has a serious case of penis envy when it comes to the Kings and Sacramento. Judging by his prior articles and his continued underwhelming jabs at the current situation, he sounds like a bitter ex-girlfriend who can’t stand the fact that the Kings have moved on.
The Kings most certainly have a ton of hurdles to clear in Sacramento, there’s no doubt about that. But his assumption that there are any less in Anaheim is absurd.