May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors vice chairman Vivek Ranadive (left) talks to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson (right) during the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings' Vivek Ranadive And Kevin Johnson ESPN Interview (Video)

As the gates opened tonight at the Long Live the Kings rally, Sacramento Mayor and new Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadvive were guests on ESPN’s Sportscenter.

Complete with hyper Sacramento King fans behind them, who could be LOUDLY heard chanting a handful of times, Ranadive and Johnson took the anchors questions with ease.

Ranadive continued to talk about the Kings becoming a global brand while praising both the city of Sacramento and the fans.

“When I think of Sacramento, the hearts of the fans here are so big, that there is no bigger market as far as I’m concerned. Just look at the people behind me. This city is unbelievable. These are the best fans in the world and this as big as it gets.

Mayor Johnson also did his best to answer questions, though, at times was drowned out by the screaming fans behind him.

The ESPN anchor asked Johnson to relate his experience going from Cleveland to Phoenix to how Ranadive will go from Golden State to Sacramento:

Make your second stop, your best and last stop. He learned the ropes in Golden State and he’ll be able to apply them here in Sacramento. This will be his last stop. And I think he’s not only committed to transforming this team, revitalizing this community but creating a global brand for our franchise.

You can watch the full video below – my apologies about the poor quality. It was a rushed phone recording, so, don’t hate me too much. Video rights to ABC/ESPN.

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