While NBA owners overwhelmingly voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento earlier this year, eight of them went against the grain and voted that the Kings franchise should be allowed to move to Seattle.
That apparently hasn’t sat well for Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, who relayed the following message to the Sacramento Bee’s Dale Kasler – we’re coming for you:
@Vivek on 8 franchises that voted with Seattle:”We’re going to beat those teams.”
The change in culture hasn’t just been felt by the players in the locker room, but also the front office as the confident Ranadive has a lot to prove and is starting with those who, in essence, doubted him.
Obviously, Ranadive is aware of who the owners were who voted against his ownership, though unless you were behind those closed door meetings/votes, everything else is simply speculation. That said, it’s with good evidence that both Paul Allen of the Portland Trail Blazers and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks likely favored Seattle, but that still leaves six owners unnamed.
It may take a few seasons before Ranadive can deliver on his promise, but there’s no doubt he’s a guy who comes through on his word.