Far all intents the Sacramento Kings’ saga appears to be coming to a close following the unanimous recommendation by the NBA Relocation Committee, headed by Commissioner David Stern, to reject relocation of the team to Seattle. Sacramento fans can finally breathe a sign of relief. Bryan Rosa reported on this earlier today here.
The committee’s recommendation begins what is anticipated as a domino effect; a rejection by NBA owners to relocate the team and subsequent unbinding or withdrawal of the so-called binding agreement by Chris Hansen and his Seattle group with the Maloofs, the current Kings owners.
If this happens when the NBA Board of Governors vote on relocation, they will symbolically make the Solomonian cut to place the team into the hands of Vivek Ranadivé for Sacramento. Seattle will have to wait another day to make a claim for a team.
Ball Don’t Lie.
Sacramento will forever be known as the city which kept its team; while, Seattle will forever be known as the city which lost theirs.
No doubt, there could be other twists and turns to this story as the details are worked out among all the players involved.
Sacramento has worked very hard as a city to save its team, led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, who managed to pull together an amazing investment group headed by Vivek. Fans have rallied to save their team though numerous attempts by the owners to relocate. Grassroots efforts by Crown Downtown and Here We Stay have been visible at City Council meetings, at games, throughout Sacramento and in New York.
Most fans in Sacramento have shown growing confidence the team will stay in recent weeks, reflected in recent comments on Twitter and local blogs. In contrast, Seattle fans appear to have been broadsided by today’s news.
Most Kings fans will be very glad when the conversation will return to their team on no longer to the efforts by the team’s owners to relocate the team to another city.