SACRAMENTO: It was a morning filled with anticipation of the Presidential Inauguration, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Michelle Obama’s bangs. Instead, here in Sacramento, Kings fans were hit with their Twitter timelines filled with news of the impending sale of the Sacramento Kings to the Chris Hansen investment group in Seattle. Impending, unless the NBA intervenes.
Ken Berger had this on Twitter:
“The NBA received an executed Purchase and Sale Agreement for the transfer of a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family to an investor group led by Christopher Hansen. The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of the NBA Board of Governors and has been referred to the Board’s committee process for review.”
Bryan Rosa reported earlier, imploring Sacramento Kings fans to keep the faith.
Reaction to the news took some very abrupt and notable changes. It was breaking early this morning to folks getting up to start their day. Initial reaction was shock.
Tom Ziller, editor for SB Nation, expressed his open feelings in The Hook. It is enjoyable read. Additionally, he offered his fresh thoughts on their public bios.
Wait … for real? We’re really going to keep that up there? Is there one honest, sincere sentiment in that entire script of jargon vomit? Are y’all ever real for like even one second?
Then fans expressed sadness, upon learning their worst fear was coming to light.
This was followed by resolve. Not resolve about losing the team; resolve to put up a fight. Sacramento Kings fans don’t give up easily.
If there is one thing the announcement about the agreement between the Maloofs and Hansen provided fans this morning – it was focus. It brings the issue into clarity. It is much easier to put up a fight when you see what you are up against.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has about five weeks to get his arguments and offer for the team together before he meets the with NBA Board of Governors.
Now, more than ever before, Sacramento Kings fans need to rally together. Grassroots movements, Here We Stay and Crown Downtown, need the support of everyone to ramp up their efforts. We all have the same objective:
Keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento!
There is no longer any need to boycott games, as some may have done to starve out the owners, in an effort to have them sell. That objective was done, although it backfired, when the owners elected to sell to Chris Hansen and his group to take them out of Sacramento.
Games are now an opportunity to make your voice heard. Make signs, if you are so inclined. Be loud. In particular there is one game coming up that is televised by NBATV and local station News 10. It is the most important one to attend to send our message to the NBA. Let’s sell it out and have a crowd of screaming fans.
*February 9, at Sleep Train Arena
Additionally, one game this week on Friday, January 25 will also be televised by News10 at Sleep Train Arena. It would be a good game to kick off local efforts to keep the team here in Sacramento.
* January 25, at Sleep Train Arena, against Oklahoma Thunder News10 (This should be an exciting game. It was last year.)
Many of you have signed the Petition to NBA Commissioner David Stern. It has been signed by more than 9,000 supporters but still needs nearly 8,000 more to reach their goal. If you haven’t signed it yet, please do. If you have signed it, please pass it along on Twitter and encourage others to sign. They do not need to live in Sacramento.
Mayor Kevin Johnson is leading the efforts to keep our team in Sacramento. He is the one who will attempt to keep stop the sale of the team to an outside buyer, ask for the opportunity to match Seattle’s offer, and ask that the team not be relocated. He will be the driving force for our focus.
NBA Commissioner David Stern has shown a positive relationship with Mayor Kevin Johnson in the past and also understands the plight of Sacramento. Stern is a man of considerable influence in the NBA, as most of us well know. Now is the time to look to the Commissioner as someone who can act as King Soloman and save our team. Who is the real parent of the baby? We must implore him to – Do the Right Thing.
In the coming weeks there will be growing coverage of events. In addition to checking into A Royal Pain, I would encourage you to follow @CrownDowntown, @HereWeStay, @CarmichaelDave, @GrantNapear, @News10_CA, to keep up with the latest.
Keep up the spirit. This is not over. We’ve only just begun.