Speaking with Sacramento Kings play-by-play man and local radio host Grant Napear, NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the grassroots campaigns started by King fans did indeed help assist in keeping the Kings in Sacramento.
Per Stern, via the Grant Napear Show (3:30 mark):
Grant Napear: Did the grassroots and all the fan efforts, did it end up making a difference?
David Stern: Yes, because I think that the assurances that the Mayor made, which were more in the nature of projections and some might say wishes were actually supported by a sense that this was a unique community.
The grassroot campaigns, which included Here We Stay, Crown Downtown, Playing To Win tour and others were a driving force not only behind support for keeping the Kings in Sacramento, but also education for both local and not so local people with their eyes on Sacramento.
Many had suggested that King fans were doing nothing more than wasting their time, money and energy with their grassroots campaigns, but clearly, that was not the case as David Stern closed the book on that idea today.