Even though the Maloof family did eventually sell to an ownership group that wanted to keep the Kings in Sacramento, it was quite the process to do so – many fans souring on the Maloofs during the divorce, assuming they hadn’t already soured on them from the years of disappointment.
They did go out with a touch of class though, taking some of that record NBA franchise sale and putting a few of the dollars towards a “thank you” to the fans in the Sacramento Bee this morning.
H/T to Ryan Eytcheson (@RyanEytcheson) for the image:
For those who can’t see the image, it says the following:
The amazing memories created during these past seasons were because of you, the fans, and our dedicated employees.
We truly cherish our time as stewards of the Kings franchise.
The people of Sacramento warmly brought the Kings into their hearts and for that we will always be grateful.
Many thanks to Bob Netnreich and our partners Bud Benvsnutl, John Keehriotis and Dave Lucchetti for their support and commitment to the Kings organization.
We also recognize Mayor Kevin Johnson, the City Council, and the City of Sacramento staff for their efforts and their loyalty to the people of Sacramento.
We wish the new ownership group, led by Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov, all the best.
We will always love the Kings and we will always be Kings fans.
The Maloof Family.