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Details are still being kept quiet, but the Kings are officially planning to leave Sacramento. Announced early Monday morning via press release, the Maloof family said "that an executed purchase and sale agreement has been reached to sell the family's interest in the National Basketball Association (NBS) Sacramento Kings to a group led by investor Chris Hansen." No comments or details regarding the agreement is being released, as the transaction requires approval by the NBA's board of governors, the release states. Mayor Kevin Johnson was quick to react to the news, by tweeting that the deal isn't quite done. "Let me be clear. Though agreement btw Maloors & Seattle is out, deal is NOT d
With the City of Sacramento, the Maloof Family and sports and entertainment developer AEG on what looked like a set deal on bringing a brand new sports and entertainment facility, came to tumoltuous end these past couple days. The aftermath of the whole ordeal has now left us with a shouting match between both the Sacramento City Mayor Kevin Johnson and George Maloof. Both of the key figures representing their respective parties are accusing one another as the reason this whole deal has faultered. Let's break this down piece by piece. For years and years the Maloof family has constantly spoken how the current area is inadequate and that a new sports and entertainment complex is needed
There were a few storylines surrounding Sunday’s matinee at the Power Balance Pavilion where the Sacramento Kings hosted the Portland Trailblazers. 1) Coming into the first of a three-game home stand on Sunday, the Kings had lost seven straight games. 2) There was the return of former King J.J. Hickson, who played very little for Sacramento earlier in the season before being waived and claimed by the Blazers where he's played well. 3) Sunday’s game was the first since Friday’s news of the arena deal falling apart, which was followed by a weekend of bitter statements from George Maloof and Think Big’s Chris Lehane. The Kings were able to avoid the outside distractions and end their losing
Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke at his weekly press conference on Sacramento’s commitment to the Cool California Challenge and the 30,000 Trees in 30 Days campaign. Both of these commitments, he said, go toward his vision of turning Sacramento into "Emerald Valley," the greenest region in the country. The Cool California Challenge is a competition between cities in California. Residents of participating cities sign up online to track their carbon footprints. Signing up earns 100 points, and every energy-saving activity tracked earns additional points. Johnson said that Sacramento needs 1,000 residents to pledge because he wants to win the challenge. The mayor of Davis, Joe Krovoza, and the ma
In hockey, the joke is: I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. At Power Balance Pavilion Tuesday night, there was a celebratory love fest with Gavin and Joe Maloof, Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento Kings, and about 14,000 fans. This was the first home game since a financing plan was announced for a new arena. Along with the celebration, there was also a game. Even Isaiah Thomas, whose 18 points and 8 assists helped defeat the Utah Jazz 103 - 96, was happy for Sacramento. Although one of the possible relocation destinations for the Kings was his native Seattle area (he grew up in Tacoma as a Laker fan), he also knows what it’s like for a city to lose its NBA team. Besides, he t
Mayor Kevin Johnson emphasized on the need for a completed term sheet and signs of commitment from interested companies in order to finish the new arena project in 2015. Johnson gave a progress report on the plans to build this new arena in Sacramento at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. Johnson said that there were many questions still in the air that were being discussed even as he stood in City Hall, mainly questions on what companies will contribute to the arena project, and how. Johnson said that his hope is that by Feb. 28, all stakeholders involved will be in agreement on a term sheet that outlines all financial areas of the project – a sort of rough draft for the budgeting plans
In between cheering, yelling and annoying the apathetic, so-called fan in Row F, Section 107, Seat 17 during the Kings game on Tuesday evening, I was caught up on my tweets when I saw that KHTK 1140 personality Carmichael Dave posed a question via Twitter (@CarmichaelDave) asking folks how much they would pitch in, not necessarily to save the Kings, but to show the Kings and the city how much the community really does want this NBA franchise to stay in town by building a new sports and entertainment complex. Shortly after scolding the lady next to me for reading a book during free throws, she abruptly nudged me and wondered aloud why was it okay then, for me, to be reading my Twitter feed
It’s an enjoyable new tradition: on every February 28 during this decade (yes...both of them), the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2010, it was by 97-92, while this time around, the final score was 105-99. The event could well be called “Double Throwback Night,” or maybe “The Throwest Back Night Ever.” On one hand, it was Throwback Jersey Night, as the Kings wore uniforms honoring their previous incarnation as the Royals (Rochester Royals, and then Cincinnati Kansas City Royals). More important to the outcome of the game, if not the fate of the franchise itself, it also became Throwback Fan Night. Arco Arena was filled to the brim, just like in the old days, when lovin
Working out is supposed to be rewarding. For some, even fun. On Oct. 9, 2009, for Sacramento Kings forward Francisco Garcia it was neither. Garcia was in training camp preparing his body for the rigorous NBA season. During a bench press exercise, while laying on his back on an exercise ball known as the Gymnic – “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball, the ball suddenly burst open and sent Garcia crashing to the floor while still holding on to the weights. Garcia broke his right forearm and damaged ligaments in his wrist in the fall and missed all but 25 games of the 2009-10 season. Roger A. Dreyer of the law firm Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood, attorney for the Sacramento Kings Limited Partn
The Sacramento Kings have decided to promote from within and elevate Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the position of assistant coach, a role he’s held for the past two years, to the front office position of assistant general manager. Abdur-Rahim is now one of the few players ever to be a longtime player (12 years), a coach and now rounding it all out by becoming part of the management team alongside Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Abdur-Rahim, a soft-spoken man, said he was very grateful for the opportunity. “It’s a great opportunity from the organization,” Abdur-Rahim said. “The Maloof family, Geoff Petrie and Wayne Cooper have given me a great chance to part of this or
The fans of the Sacramento Kings: What is your most memorable moment of the season? with: Megan Ochoa Ken Birch Tonya Flaine Ronald Mocam Linda Zisko Scott Smith Otis Menosco Nick Rust Barbara Rust Amanda Apoghpa Renee Terado Jason Moslehi Jake Walker Lorna Madison Reba Domiguez Kyle Robert Emmanuel Ringo Video by: Chris Morrow Receive Chris Morrow updates: www.twitter.com/morrowchris
Sacramento Kings fans can buy a package for "Skater Night" on April 10, promoting the Maloof Money Cup. For $49, fans get two tickets worth $40.50 each to watch the Kings take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, meet professional skaters Ryan Sheckler, Brandon Biebel and Steve Caballero, and the choice of a Biebel skteboard deck by GIRL or Maloof Money Cup hat by Neff. Fans are invited to bring their skateboards to the outdoor miniskate park before the game, starting at 4 p.m. Skater-themed prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including a trip to the Maloof Money Cup in Costa Mesa in August. The Cup, created by Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, is an annual skateboa
John Thomas has resigned as President of the Sacramento Kings after ten years with the organization. His resignation is effective April 2, 2010. “We want to thank John for everything he has done for us since we came to Sacramento. He’s been an important leader on our team,” said Joe and Gavin Maloof, owners of the Kings, in a media release. Thomas is leaving the Kings for personal reasons. “Ten years is longer than most NBA Presidents get to serve. I want to thank the Maloof family and my extended Kings family of co-workers and fans for the privilege. I’m very excited about the future,” said Thomas. The King's new management structure has already been assembled. Joe Maloof will serve
The Sacramento Kings introduced an exciting new program to benefit high schools in the greater Sacramento area Friday, January 22. Participating high schools will compete in the “Kings Size High School Challenge” to raise funds for their school. “The Kings Size High School Challenge is a great vehicle for local high schools to raise funds for their school programs,” said Danette Leighton, vice president of marketing for Maloof Sports & Entertainment. “This program is the first of its kind for this community, and we hope to grow it to include even more schools next season.” All participating schools attended a draft lottery event yesterday at the Kings Practice Facility, similar to the NB
The season has finally started! For me, the season never begins until the Kings first victory. This game was so exciting. The last two minutes of regulation, the announced sell out crowd was on their feet - cheering, clapping, and making noise. I got to go as the winner of the Full Court Sacramento Press Kings Writing Contest. I took my girlfriend Crystal Cheney, my brother Jonathan and my good friend Mark Fowler. The Kings need to work on their rebounding, but other than that, last night made me very proud to call myself a Kings fan. While Kevin Martin was definitely the game winner with his 48 points, Omri Casspi won the crowd by playing with energy and giving the fans something to ch
It was a hard fought game with the Sacramento Kings down by 2 points and six seconds to go. Arco Arena got on its feet and everyone felt like it was old times again with the loudest and most loyal fans in the NBA. The Kings came through and forced an overtime, a five minutes the Griz wish never happened. The energy gave the team the momentum to add the first win to their tally and start what is hopefully a streak. Kings win 127 to 116 while Lou Blanas, the Real Rudy, Matt Haines, Coach Westphal, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. cheer on the Sactown royalty.
It's neck and neck in the 3rd and Arco Arena is on fire! The Memphis Griz coach Marc Iavaroni looks like a Doc Rivers arguing with the ref's. The real "Rudy" is courtside and we have a battle royale on our hands! It's 88 - 86, Kings, with 8:52 to go. you can smell the win, even though heartbreak is in the back of everyone's mind. No matter, we're having a great time. The hallways of Arco are filled with Sacramento's finest. Jason Boggs and Alex Origoni from Shady Lady, the infamous valet mafia boss Johnny Neumann, and Randy Paragary are rubbing elbows the lobbyists, pro boxers, and music producers while the sold out crowd bangs thunder sticks in hopes for a win at home. Slamson gets the cl
The second period started with a bang of momentum coming off Kmart's 3 pointer. Mayor Kevin Johnson and Gavin Maloof brought out their key community players who helped project sell-out become a reality. Chevo Ramirez, Randy Paragary, and the like were honored on center court. Cocktails are flowing, Roung Table pizzas are flying, cotton candy is flapping, and the Kings are UP 51 to 50 with 2 mins to go. Spencer Hawes is adding defense where it is needed and Casspi looks relaxed like a young confident stallion. The arena is full as we wrap up the half...UP 2! Let's get the "W"!
The pre-game energy has been ramping up for the home opener of the Kings. Sacramento wants a win. In the press room, we were greeted by the lovely Liz from Bella Bru. it's great to Maloof using local talent for catering. Project Sell-Out was a success and people have been pouring through the door to watch KMart, Beno, and Evans face off with baby Gasol, Gay, and the infamous Iverson. With a minute 31 to go, the Kings are down 15 to 28. Bad calls are riddled with bad mistakes, but the team is building momentum. Let's see where this goes. BOOM! Kmart on a pass from Beno drains a 3! We got a game.