NBA Commish David Stern Said Grassroots Helped Keep Kings In Sacramento

Mar 24, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans hold signs during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: David Stern, Sacramento Kings

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  • Vin Smith

    …Sacramento is a very unique town. Here is a confession: Yes, I was a fan of the old Hollywood Stars in the PCL–I lived in LA County. But my second favorite team was the Sacramento Solons. I rooted for them to blast the Los Angeles Angels every time the two teams met. Why? I thought Sacramento a magical town… A Gold Rush town. And that is what it is today: A place where magic will happen in the NBA.