This post WILL NOT cover
- day-to-day wins & losses
- staff or coaching rumors, except the really good ones
- the College Basketball Association
There are a number of Kings blogs & websites out there that cover the season, games & injuries, rumors, draft choices, etc better than I can.
So what will this post be about?
I will cover some games. Games that I decide to cover because of their importance to the season or the team or the arena chances etc. Or just something funny, weird, good, or important happened in or at the game.
I will cover actions related to the new Arena.
I will cover some rumors. Rumors that I decide are interesting. Or funny.
Probably other things as the season unfolds.
It is hard to guess which Laker team we may get for today’s game. They will be embarrassed and have the pride bruised, that is never a good thing. On the other hand, the young Kings watched a very good & young Bulls team come back and play a very good game against the Lakers.
I am looking forward to seeing how the Kings team develops and matures. The team has some very good pieces and the group of youngsters could grow & mature together. Or not at all.
Whoa…the Kings hold on against a strong push by the Lakers and win their first game of the season.
And with a win against the Laker sand a loss in their 2nd game of the season: WHEW!
Nice article about the 5 Things We Learned from our victory over the Lakers. Well, maybe we didn’t learn these things.
Heck, maybe we didn’t even read these Five Things.
But we should read them and we should learn them if the Kings want a decent shortened season.
What did Paul Westphal say? Watch it here. I’m not sure what happened, if you read this morning’s Bee recap of the last game (loss) you can tell Cousins is unhappy. But appaently it was not a public “trade me or else” pronouncement. The Coach benched him tonight because he says Cousins won’t play in Sacramento.
Want to read the dead-secret first draft of Coach Westphal’s statement on the cousins’ situation? It’s sarcastic and even a bit funny. Portions of this version even seem to be at least partly true (??)
Click here for that version of the Coach’s statement.
So in the midst of a losing streak, the Arena mess, a short season…what else? Oh yeh, you told your best player to sit on the bench somewhere else because You don’t want him near “your team”.
This is not good. Long term speaking this is not good. DeMarcus is a good player with a huge upside who is apparently unhappy enough to start something like this a week into the new season. And we have seen this before. Now who will offer a quality trade for this player?
Or even a good, fair trade now?
For me if the choice is Westphal or Cousins…easy choice.
Anybody got a mediocre basketball coach?
A little difference of opinion??
You can catch up on the “grumblings” from players that were growing after the loss to the Knicks.
“Grumbling over coach Paul Westphal’s new offense was heard, as were concerns over a lack of effort. “Everybody keeps blaming the coach, about the plays, the plays not (being) good, but, hey, it be like that sometime,” guard Tyreke Evans said. “You’ve just got to play.”
…”I don’t know what that was,” center DeMarcus Cousins said. “Running the offense coach tells us to run. Just doing what coach say. Got to do what your coach say.”
Read more at the link above.
“Cousins’ agent, John Greig, told The Bee earlier today that it is “absolutely not true that DeMarcus or I demanded a trade. We need to find out what the position of the organization is. Nobody has talked to me and I would look forward to talking to the Maloofs.”
…”Westphal said he “considered all possibilities” about how to handle Cousins’ request, but decided that telling Cousins to stay home from tonight’s game was “by far the best solution.”
“I think it’s time for this solution,” Westphal said.”
In the meantime the Kings are playing much better tonight and beat the N.O. Hornets by a score of 96-80.
SacTown Royalty talks about some of the disturbing aspects of Westphal’s “public” revelation of Counsins’ suspension and the reasons (??) I like the statement that Cousins was “suspended for actions detrimental to Westphal’s ego”. It certainly wouldn’t be the first coach & player earthquake over what is really very little.
Check it: Half of Westphal’s statement about the mess was that Counsins “continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team” and as the SacTown folks asked, what direction did the Kings seem to be heading after losing 3 of the first 4 games of the season? After stinking up the Arena so early in the 2011/2012 basketball season?
And just why wasn’t Evan’s suspended for his public questions/statements about the direction of the team after the last loss?
And when Jason Jones from the Bee “asked Geoff Petrie if the Kings intend to trade Cousins. His answer: “No.” (Petrie) Plans to meet with Cousins tomorrow.”
Turmoil & trouble continue to swirl around the Kings, Cousins & Westphal. Todays articles include:
Aileen Voisin asks if this is the “tip of the iceberg” where is the rest??
The Bee’s current reporting of the Cousins’ situation and the win over the Hornets.
But by the afternoon there is a report that Mr Cousins, the best Center on the team, is on the team plane and headed to Memphis with the team. Good news!! The report comes from comcast Sports Net so is reliable.
But how happy can he possibly be? Assume he did not demand a trade, or said something about a trade in the heat of the moment after losing at home to the Knicks. Now your coach called you out. Basically went public and said he does not want you anymore. What happens now peeps?
This article calls it all the “latest blowup”
Cousins Rejoins Kings Roadtrip:
“The Kings maintain that DeMarcus Cousins demanded to be traded. Cousins maintains that didn’t happen.Neither side is budging on its claim following a meeting Monday involving Cousins, his agent, John Greig, and Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie.”
…Cousins issued a statement Monday: “I want to address my missing the New Orleans game Sunday. I have not demanded or requested a trade. I don’t agree with the actions taken but will give my sincere effort to put it behind me and compete the best I can for my team.”
Read more in the Bee article at the link above.
Westphal fired!! Keith Smart is the new Head Coach, NOT the Interim Head Coach. So what do you think??
And did the team management/ownership know what Westphal was going to say about the Cousins’ dust-up?? Or did the Coach seal his own fate by saying a few things that surprised and baffled the Maloofs and Petrie?
Add your comment below.
I think giving Smart the position is a good decision. He’s a smart guy, did an OK job at Golden State for one season, and may turn out to be a good Head Coach. And the poor guys that wind up being Interim. What kinda job title is that?
I’ve been Interim. I’ve been Acting. And I have bbeen given the title.
Believe me, it makes a big big difference in how you approach the job. Congratulations Keith Smart.
Here is the big Press Conference:
I would call the Westphal firing the best off-season move the Kings made. But it’s a bit past the season starter. Or, given the lockout, maybe we can still call it an off-season move.
Kings seem to be playing some of their best ball this season against the Bucks. I do think most of the players expected the firing and are glad to have it done so the team can move forward.
And (probably) the final article on the Westphal firing is here and makes some good points.
Update on Chuck Hayes, dislocated shoulder has him out 3-4 weeks. The Kings could use his veteran leadership right now. More at the link.
Smart blames the Kings troubles on “poor spacing”. An issue for most losing teams. The question seems to be which came first? Poor spacing or an “I am the team” attitude? Was it the lack of good spacing on the floor that caused me to dribble out without looking for a teammate to pass to? Or have I become a selfish baller that wants to take every shot?
Today, we also have a reporter indicating (again) that the real problem behind the Kings difficulties is the Maloof family’s dwindling fortunes. When you lose a billion here and a Billion there suddenly there’s the real chance you can fall below the “Billionaire” tag.
The Maloof’s lost control of their Las Vegas casino, The Palms and have seen their giant beer distributorship sold. The distributorship was their father’s road to millionaire status for the family, and since then they have added pieces that, during good times, grew considerably.
Since it is a family owned group of businesses, they don’t have to share with the public how things are going. And NBA owners aren’t required to open their books to fans (or even non-fans), so it is hard to figure out the team fortunes.
But it makes sense that over the last 4-5 years, as many people struggled financially, the Maloof family may have found it difficult to spend giant money on the Kings. Which then becomes a bit of an avalanche. It makes sense that this could be the reason we don’t hear the word “Sacramento” attached to FA rumors or signings and to high-profile names when it comes to Head Coaches.
But bad choices for Head Coaches, whether because of money or poor choices or pig-headedness results in the same 5 year slide we have seen in Sacramento.
So, the Maloof family may believe their basketball fortunes may improve if they are in Los Angeles or New York or (??), but if they cannot compete against other “small market” cities what will they do in L.A.? Sink!!
Talking bout Small Markets the new documentary Small Market, Big Heart premiers tonight at the Crest Theater downtown.
The film is about Sacramento’s struggle to keep the Kings here (where they belong) and the heart of the City—the fans. “Small Market” is a term developed by the NBA and billionaire owners. The cities they drop the term on don’t view themselves as small anything.
Sacramento has been in the Top 50 TV markets in the country since like 1970. We may be smaller than NYC or L.A., but what city isn’t?
Check out the link above and the Twitter feed @SMBHdocumentary
Last night the “new” Cousins scored 21 points and added 19 boards in a road win over the Raptors. This was an important win for the Kings and aan important confidence booster for Cousins. Sometimes I think we forget he is just 19 and in only his 2nd season as a pro as we push him to mature “now”.
The Kings also had Rookie Isaiah Thomas who scored 20 and also had 6 assists.
The Kings are a very young team and getting some wins like this where they stay in the game and close it down when the opportunity is there is just so important to the guys. The fans want to win every game, but really what they must see is a group of guys who stay in the game, play their best for the full 48 minutes and at least win the ones that belong to them.
Check out the photos from last nights road win.
Someone is feeling sorry for Paul Westphal.
And we have an article about how much trouble DeMarcus Cousins is. Is he the first immature 19 year old to enter the NBA? Even the folks that wrote this article admit he is less immature this year and even less after the coaching change. I ain’t saying he has grown up and will never cause another problem but he is not the monster some folks want to mke him out to be.
And we have this: an excellent look at Small Forwards in the league and in college. The author evaluates whether or not each player would be an upgrade at the 3 for the Kings and what the chance is for actually grabbing the player.
Very good article on the most important component for the Kings. John Salmons is not the answer and whoever made the decision to take on his contract AND move down a couple of spots in the draft just to take Fredette (who we would have drafted anyway), should be fired. Or maybe he was fired?
Anyway, check out the article. It is a good one.
January (Friday the) 13th:
The current facility is 23 years old and if you do a facelift, you will still need a new arena in a short number of years. Then the public will ask “Didn’t we just pay for that?” And, they would be right to balk at any public money again. Kind of like some are asking now as Sacramento is still owed money for the current facility.
Never put all of your eggs in one basket, but renovation would be a poor option.
The Bee has an article today showing a record response to the recent poll about the Kings new Arena. Read the article HERE
4,116 responses to this poll. Of those, 2,251 supported leasing parking operations to help fund an arena. City officials said that such an agreement could generate up to $200 million toward the $387 million project.
This poll is not scientific and does not reflect the “will of the people” but it is a good response to a newspaper poll and shows a majority in favor of the plan.
Rookie Point Guard Isaiah Thomas is just 5’9″ tall but as fans have seen during pre-season and the last game (20 points, 6 assists) he can play in the NBA.
Thomas was the last player selected in the 2011 draft. Just like you can’t teach height, you can’t teach heart and Coach Smart knows that Thomas brings a big heart. He is not intimidated and just jumps in the middle of things and takes charge.
Should Thomas start at PG? Not yet say these guys. In fact, they say he is not the “true” PG the ‘net says he is and they back that up with data.
The best of this article is how they explain the fact that Petrie has always loaded the team with “impure” PGs via trades and draft. Check out the list
Had to change the channel. Dallas 52-23 at half. Kings set record. For team franchise fewest points EVER in a half. Previous was 25. That was in 1957.
Also just set a record for fewest field goals in a half. 8.
The chances for a new Arena and keeping the Kings here may have dropped another notch.
What’s Next for the Sacramento Kings? This ESPN article drops 5 sports writers into a conversation about Westphal, cousins, Evans, Keith Smart (or coach TBA) and the future of the club.
Rubio & Fredette are both rookie Point Gurds. Both came in the league with a level of anticipation from fans. That is where the similarities end.
Tonight Ricky Rubio will school Jimmer Fredette and take another step toward Rookie of the Year (ROY) honors. The Kings should have drafted him when they had the chance and waited out his time in Europe. Imagine where they would be now and the future they would have.
As bad as the truth of it is I like this statement for the truth of it:
“There is not a word in the English Dictionary to properly describe just how awful Travis Outlaw has been offensively.”
Yesterday SacTown Royalty looked at the King’s Guard, today it is a look at the Wings. If you have watched their games early in the season, you know how bad it is.
Read it with your eyes closed at the above link.
Councilmember Sandy Sheedy, An Arena opponent will attempt to get an Arena measure on the June ballot.
Per Bee article today “Sheedy has been beating the popular vote drum since it became apparent she was in a clear minority on the council in opposition of the arena. She will almost assuredly demonize as undemocratic any councilmembers who do not vote with her in this naked ploy to politicize the ESC push. Sheedy has a well-documented feud with Johnson over endorsements in council races, and is using the arena push as a political prop.”
p.s. nice comback to the Kings last night and nice play (again) by the bench and DeMarcus Cousins with 19 REB.
Todays Bee article indicates that a “bigger role” for the bench has resulted in wins. Heck, the team has won only 3 games in the season.
Anyway, I would say defined roles and some consistency in the rotation has resulted in a better bench and the bench hs contributed significantly to the wins.
But it’s not like you just flip-flop, put the bench in as starters and win 60 games. Coach Smart says “Your stars close games out, but your bench keeps the game manageable until your stars can get in there and close a game out.”
Nice game last night as the Kings handed the Spurs their first home loss. This is the first back-to-back win for the Kings this season and they have John Salmons to thank for the win. Tyreke Evans contributed his best shooting game of the year as he hit 10 of 19 shots.
Chuck Hayes walked thru a practice on Friday and was happy to be there, but is not ready to be in a game just yet. Read the Bee article about Hayes’ progress at the link above.
Tonight is the second half of a back-to-back road game, and second on a three game road trips: Kings invade the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. The Grizz won the first game between these teams back on January 3rd.
Some guy on Twitter said “You mean, the Grizz had four players with 20+?”. I don’t even need to see the score.
Early-Bird Extensions? Uhm…NO. the Kings have 3 players eligible to an Early-Bird Extension (4th year players approaching free Agency). JJ Hickson, Jason Thompson, and Donte Green. All are good/interesting but no where near great players. Hickson is the most interesting case as the Kings gave up a restricted First Round pick and Casspi. of course we need get the perennial not-an-All Star SF Salmons, so no fear there.
The Kings will not offer an extension to Hickson or any of the others it seems.
They have invested the most in Greene hoping he would have a break-out year at some point. They have also had great expectations for Thompson.
I’m glad to see they are not wasting extension mmoney on any of them including JJ.
Read the details at the link above.
Chuck Hayes is cleared for contact. The Kings will be glad to get him back in the lineup. Hayes went at it full-contact today. We’ll see how long before Hayes is in the lineup.
Marcus Thornton did not practice (deep thigh bruise) and will not be available for Wednesday’s game.
Cousins and Evans are both sporting ankle injuries. They did not practice and we will see if they play tomorrow.
And Comcast reports that Kings game rating are up 33% over last season. No comment.
Tyler Honeycutt was sent down to the D-League earlier in the season for “development” that he could not get in Sacramento because he was given limited minutes. The Kings recalled him to the NBA roster because he “was getting limited minutes” down in the D-League Reno.
Smarts interview after the loss to the Nuggets January 25th. Listen carefully to Coach Smart.
Is it too early to think about the draft???
Tonight we enter….the State of Jimmer and it seems he will get the start in Utah.
If we are lucky we will get Chuck Hayes back tonight. He is like a real Floor General out there on the defensive end, always barking orders. And his teammates listen.
No Jimmer heroics against the Jazz last night? I did not watch but I know the outcome. Jimmer missed the final shot with an opportunity to tie the game with a 3 pointer. He hoped to get a foul call but got neither the shot or the call.
Like many fans I questioned the decision to drop down in the last Draft, take Jimmer when it seemed better players were available plus get John Salmons and his contract as well.
So far it hasn’t worked out for the Kings. But the team has a lot more problems than Jimmer or even Salmons.
The team seemed to play better last night than most of the season, and Evans had an excellent game with 9 assists and 31 points. If Evans could play like that every night (I’m not asking for those stats, but that kind of game) I would annoint him as the PG for many years. That is what Petrie and others see in Evans. Unfortunately, it is not what they usually get from their coveted Guard.
Jason Thompson had a good game early on.
The worst thing about last night?
Chuck Hayes left the game holding his left arm…again. I am thinking about him and hoping Hayes is ok.
Coach says Hayes is fine and will play the next game at Golden State.
I wonder if Coach Smart has any desire to beat the Warriors?? Hmmmmm…
Three positives since the coaching change:
I have seen three things that I like since Smart replaced Westphal:
- DeMarcus Cousins seems more comfortable
- Tyreke Evans has had some “PG” moments in games where he seems to be learning how to play the NBA point, rather than pushing himself to score 20. The NBA always has a lot of Guards who can score 20. Most play SG, but the league has always had its’ share of 20 ppg PGs. Evans is now having games like the last one with 31 points and 9 assists. That is an impressive effort. That is All-Star work. And he followed that game with another against Golden State. Against those Warriors Evans had this line: 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists. You cannot ask more from your young guard. Those are impressive games. Those are All-Star numbers.
- Perhaps because of the first two, the Kings have stayed in more games and even won a couple. This is not a 50-50 team, but seeing them stay in games during the second half (heck, during the 1st Quarter) gives fans hope. The link takes you to an article about Smart’s advice to Evans on how to play the point in the NBA.
Coming out of Indiana Smart was a revered PG who scored first. He scored at will, was the Final Four hero. and people expected that kind of career for him. But he had to learn to play the point and that means distributing the ball, running the team on the floor, and “seeing” the defense so that you can maximize the opportunities on each possession. His NBA career was short, but he learned to be a better PG.
You want a new Arena? Fans need to see an effort and a road leading to a better team.
And, while we are at it…
,,,Kevin Johnson doesn’t play PG anymore, he is just the Mayor of Sacramento. I didn’t vote for him and probably won’t the next time. But KJ was one of the best PGs in the game and I remember screaming at my TV as I watched the Kings miss the chance to draft the hometown boy.
Follow the link above and read about Johnson’s career plus 4 other top NBA PGs.
Like many fans I did not expect a lot from Isaiah Thomas.
But check this video:
The game? Kings vs Trailblazers February 2nd. Kings win. How?
The play of the game by 5’9″ Thomas against the Blazers Wesley Matthews. Yes, Matthews is a Guard. But he is 6’5″ and 220 lbs. Check it out.
That is a HUGE block by Thomas. Thomas has given us a number of highlight plays this season but this a the best one.
“When he’s on the floor, you don’t worry about him being posted up, because he’s going to fight to keep a guy from posting him up,” Kings coach Keith Smart said.
Thomas has received more playing time because of his confidence, leadership and performance on the court, Smart said.”
More about Thomas at the link starting the quote above.
Nice win over the Warriors last night in OT. Of course, that was after the team’s familiar 4th Quarter fade dropping a 1 point 3rd quarter lead. But they fought and came back, got in to OT and won.
Today the newspaper has an article about the owners, asking if they can (will afford to put a top flight team on the NBA floor. I don’t know. I know these guys are still hecka rich, but apparently not necessarilly billionaires.
More important to me they just have not seemed interested in the team or in the future of the team for the last 3 or 4 years.
“But, in the long run, how can they? The Kings have been a relative bargain basement operation for years. Team payroll is roughly $48 million, just above the league minimum and dwarfed even by small market teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies,who have a $71 million payroll.
That the Kings are the youngest team in the NBA – and therefore likely to have lower salaries for inexperienced talent – is beside the point.
The key question is: Will Maloof Sports and Entertainment ever again have the financial resources to field a competitive team?”
Also, an article is about Jimmer Fredette. Fredette has had a poor rookie year even by “poor rookie year” standards.
For a #1 pick with a lot of hype coming out of BYU, Fredette does not appear to be adjusting the way some fans and Kings management (or owners? wanted. I’m not so sure he will ever be All-Star material even in a good year, but Fredette is smart and someday will learn someone’s system. He will contribute to a winning team. Be nice if it was here before he gets traded or moves on (the roads that appear for almost every player at some point).
He has spent two games on the bench and the other rookie, 2nd round pick Isiaah Thomas, starred in a win. Twitter has exploded with peeps unhappy that Jimmer hasn’t played, and even some suggesting that if he was a starter the Kings would be guaranteed playoff material. WTF?
As I said, even in a good year that ain’t happening. Always hard to know if people actually believe the garbage they write or if they are just having fun stirring things up.
“Six weeks into the season, the Kings are convinced of this much: They regard the 6-2 Fredette as a shotmaker and superb deep shooter who will benefit immensely from a traditional offseason devoted to adding one-handed floaters and runners to his repertoire.
One of his biggest problems is a tendency to overpenetrate and jump-stop in the lane, attracting clusters of defenders like teenagers to free cellphones. His conflict is partly attributable to the fact that he wants to be perceived as more than a one-dimensional gunner.
Having been a floor leader throughout his career, he also is learning the nuances of moving without the ball, of understanding angles and how to utilize screens and ball/head fakes that freeze defenders.”
What about that privatizing City parking to raise money that would be used to partially fund construction of a new Arena?? The article looks at similar efforts in other cities and countries. Some have been successful and others not. In Chicago it was apparently successful. But it has been a “public relations nightmare”. For politicians the public relations problems are more important than success and more important than a new Arena to keep the Kings.
And, to end this busy day—yes. Seattle does want the Kings to replace their beloved Supersonics. If Seattle taught other cities how fragile their relationship can be with their team, now they hope to teach other cities how they can do two tough tasks. Build a new arena. Attract an established team.
Twitterland blew up a week ago on this subject. Now it just does not seem to be dying down.
“Seattle officials have been in talks for eight months on plans to build a new arena, and have had their eye on the Sacramento Kings,according to news reports this weekend in Seattle.
The Seattle Times reported it obtained documents Friday indicating that city’s mayors office has been working behind the scenes with a San Francisco businessman who hopes to buy a team and bring it to Seattle if an arena can be financed. The documents include an email updating Seattle officials on Sacramento’s efforts to build a new arena to keep the Kings here, the Times reported.”
Be careful. Seattle isn’t Anaheim. The fans are still pissed off that they lost the Supersonics. They want a team and they want it bad. And the league wants a team in the area long before they want a 3rd team in Los Angeles. Maybe even before they want a team in Sacramento. We shall see.
But in the end, it does not matter what city wants the Kings. Anaheim, Seattle? Someone else? What does matter is what the people of Sacramento want. And how well officials can explain to the people why it is important to keep the Kings. It’s about jobs and income, yet I don’t see anyone stressing that.
Jobs and income. Jobs and income. Should be a constant mantra.
“David Stern feels as if he has given Sacramento one last chance, and he made no secret of that last May. The Maloofs’ damned press release announced they’d keep our team in Sacramento for 2011-12 even quoted one of the brothers saying that Stern had assured them that they’d receive a green light to move our team if a funding plan didn’t come together by March.”
If the good folks in Sacramento don’t understand that (or don’t believe it) the Kings will be playing in some other city next season or the following season for sure. And then it doesn’t matter much which city that is. Except I guess to the Maloofs. And some of the residents in the Kings new home.
We stole them. We can lose them. And it happens that fast.
DeMarcus Cousins had another massive game. Cus scored 28 points with 19 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points with 7 assists and continued to play the best man defense on the team.
The Arena vote last night allows the basis for possibly privatizing parking spaces in order to raise money to partially fund the new Arena to move forward. It was a close 5-4 vote to reject a plan by one conservative councilmember to put the issue on the ballot in June. That allows the City time to work thu the challenges to put a proposal together for the council to review by the NBA deadline.
Putting together the council proposal and satisfying the needs of all of the other partners (County Board of Supervisors, other Cities and Counties in the Sacramento area, the NBA and the Kings and everyone else PLUS a ballot measure just would never happen. It is not real clear that the team can put together everrything the NBA and City will require without asking for a delay.
The vote could have easily gone the other way, with a 5-4 vote to support the ballot measure request, which would have derailed the entire Arena effort. Certainly what many Arena opponents would have liked to see happen.
On Monday only one member supported the ballot measure proposal. On Tuesday two more joined.
“A June vote on Sheedy’s ballot measure would have come after a March 1 deadline imposed by the NBA for Sacramentoto devise a plan for a new arena, or risk losing the Kings. Arena supporters said it also would have shown the league there is limited support for the project at City Hall.
“It would have, I think, sent a very negative message to the NBA and the people who have been working with us trying to make this happen,” Councilman Rob Fong said Wednesday. “It would have been a vote of no confidence.”
Read the full article at the link above.
Home game, national TV, top-tier opponent, team playing well. What more could Kings fans want? Oh, well yeh. New Arena & new owners. A couple of upgrades at position. But this should be good!
@SacramentoKings tweet: FINAL: Kings defeat Thunder 106-101 on National TV!
DMC 19pts 9rebs
Evans 22pts 5 assists
Great game defeating the best team in the West, the OKC Thunder. Durant & Westbrook played and played well, but in the end the Kings took the victory. Their 4th win in the last 5 games, and they “shoulda” won all 5 games.
But–the Kings had 17 of their shots blocked, 10 (TEN!!) by Serge Ibaka. Ibaka blocked 6 shots in the 3rd quarter.
“Oklahoma City looked as if it was about to put the Kings away midway through the final period. The Kings trailed 95-87 with 5:56 left in the game after a three-pointer by Daequan Cook. But Sacramento’s Marcus Thornton hit back-to-back three-pointers as part of a 10-2 run to tie the score 97-97 with 2:07 to play.”
The Kings did not make a basket in the last 2 minutes. They won this game on free throws during those crucial minutes.
“The Kings took a 98-97 lead on a free throw by DeMarcus Cousins with 1:37 to play. Russell Westbrook answered with an 18-foot jumper with 1:19 to go, but the Kings scored seven unanswered points to build enough of a gap to win.”
The crowd chants “Sacramento Here We Stay“…hell yeh!!
Bee’s in game Blog is here
Arena: Mayor Johnson believesthat Sacramento will meet the NBA deadline of March 1st to submit their financing plan.
LaHood lauded Sacramento officials for their efforts to develop the railyard. He did not comment on the arena issue. His California visit, he said, was focused on promoting high-speed rail. City officials want high-speed rail to connect with the arena, a transit center and other development in the railyard….
Meet Isaiah Thomas tonight at Baskin-Robbins in Davis and pick up your favorite double scoop (and a Chocolate/vanilla for me!!). 6-7 pm. 236 E Street downtown. Thomas will take photos & sign autographs for the first 200 fans.
The Seattle Times almost seems to be complaining that Mayor Johnson is trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento. And Jonson (pretended?? Had to be) that he “forgot” that the Sonics no longer play in Seattle.
“This is his signature issue,” said Marcos Breton, a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. “The only reason the Kings are still in Sacramento is Kevin Johnson. I’m convinced if the previous mayor were in place now, they’d be in Anaheim already, or going up (to Seattle). He has a personal relationship with (NBA commissioner) David Stern that he is able to trade on.”
Are you a Kings fan? Go to the link above and vote “NO” the Kings will NOT move to Seattle. In fact, vote “Hell NO”.
Bad game last night. Nuff said.
But….Time to crank up the heat on the Arena plan as the March 1st deadline looms.
“When we ask the question 10 years from now – “How do you like me now?” – will we hear favorable comparisons to Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Charlotte, among others, or be regarded as an underperforming community co-opted by petty politicians and others who couldn’t get things done.”
The Mayor doesn’t read this blog. Neither do the Maloofs or the NBA. That is obvious since they don’t take my advice!!
But I believe I am on the side of the majority.
We want the Kings to stay in Sacramento. We understand that the team needs a new Arena and that the team provides jobs and money to the community. We want an Arena that can be used for other things: music, circus, ice shows all of those crowd pleasing activities.
We are willing to make an investment of some public monies. We are not willing to finance the whole thing. We believe that other communities (Roseville, West Sacramento, Stockton, etc have an obligation to join us and bear some of the burden.
We believe the railroad area is and always was the best place for a new Arena.
Some of us even believe that Sacramento should attract other sports teams. The NFL, MLB, or???
Yes—none of those things happen overnight. But NONE of those things happen unless Sacramento gets it together and builds a new Arena.
It is time to get the plan together, quit dicking around at City Council meetings and approve the plan. Get the NBA backing, have the Maloof’s support the idea publicly…what else?
The Arena faces its next test on Valentine’s Day evening at the City Council.
“The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on whether to move forward with talks on a potential lease of the city’s parking garages and meters to a private operator. Mayor Kevin Johnson and other arena supporters are counting on the parking to fetch an upfront payment of as much as $200 million – about half the money they say is needed to build an arena.”
The team working on the issue has cut the list of potential companies down to 10 out of 13 who had initially responded to the Request for Qualifications.
If the council approves city staff will work with the 10 companies to craft a lease plan. “Simultaneously, city officials hope to negotiate a term sheet by March 1 with the NBAand AEG, a private entertainment giant, saying who will pay how much.
When and if that’s done, staff plans to return to the council asking to formally solicit parking bids.”
Tonights City Council vote should be close. Perhaps 5-4. But the proposal should pass and then city staff will be authorized to work with bidders on putting together the final parking proposal that will come back to the board for the real vote.
Valentine’s Day is a time for DeMarcus Cousins—He is an interesting guy.
A six-game road trip is not good even when you are above the .500 mark. For the Kings it is…well, it just is. And it starts—with the Bulls right in the Windy City. Fortunately for the Kings, Derrick Rose will sit out tonights road trip opener with lower back spasms and Richard Hamilton continues to be sidelined with a right thigh injury. The Kings have a cvhance in game #1.
And the Kings lose as their defense disappears, the Bulls score 121 points. DMC, Thornton and Evans score more than 20 points each.
And tomorrow the Kings face the legend that IS Jeremy Lin against the Knicks in New York.
The Sacramento City Council votes to enter talks with 10 firms that are seeking to lease downtown parking rights.
I was right about the outcome … but wrong about the vote!! Unanimous.
“By a unanimous vote, the City Council voted Tuesday night to allow staff to enter into detailed talks with 11 firms seeking to lease downtown parking. An agreement with one of those companies is being counted on to provide up to half of the $387 million bill for a new downtown sports arena.”
That was the right vote Council members. Good job.
However, as Sacramento News & Review @SNR says the Arena deal is just all “high drama and slow motion“.
“It was not—despite what you might have picked up from some breathless Sacramento Bee columnists—a do-or-die moment for a new Sacramento Kings arena. It wasn’t make or break. It wasn’t even put up or shut up.
It was just one more in a seemingly endless series of incremental baby steps. The Sacramento City Council was expected on Tuesday night (after press time) to approve a list of 10 “most qualified” companies bidding to take over the city’s public-parking system. The lucky company would get the city’s parking revenue for the next 20, 30, maybe 50 years, in exchange for a large upfront payment to help build an arena.”
Linsanity whipped the Kings tonight in NYC. No defense again tonight. Lin only scored 10 points but he dropped a career high 13 assists. But no offense either as they lost 100-85.
The Knicks are on a great streak with Lin at the helm. Like every fan in the NBA I am asking “Why didn’t (insert your team name here) draft/pick up/steal that Lin guy???”
Best thing about today? Check out this photo of the Kings posing with Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson.
The Arna proposal has two recent positive votes from the City of Sacramento and the City (and fans) are looking for a positive move from the owners, the Maloofs.
According to the Bee the proposal for th Arena expects the owners to kick in some $85 Million.
“The city seeks a contribution of about $85 million from the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, multiple sources said. But it’s not clear if the NBA – which is negotiating on the team’s behalf – will agree, and negotiations are far from complete.
“I’m encouraged by all the things I’m hearing, out of all directions,” said Sacramento developer David Taylor, who is part of the arena team. But he added, “There are lots of business points that need to be agreed to.” More on this at the link above.
And, are Sacramento fans getting anxious about Seattle?
The article at the abov link suggests we should not worry—too much. It would simply be too expensive to buy the team and move it to Seattle. Assuming the Maoofs want to sell, which they don’t. Or that they get forced to sell, which is probably not in the cards.
“We are talking at least $400 million for the Maloofs, since the Hornets sold for $310 million when revenue sharing didn’t exist. Throw in another $400 million – the price tag of new Seattle arena. And I’m sure owners around the league will charge a relocation fee (it cost Clay Bennett $30 million to move from Seattle to Oklahoma City), so tally that in. Also the Kings owe the city of Sacramento a $75-million loan.
And there’s more.
The Maloofs also owe the NBA close to $100 million.
Is your calculator out?
The sum of those five parts add up to roughly $1 billion to relocate the Kings to the Emerald City.”
The plans for a new Seattle Arena will be revealed tomorrow. Does it mean Sacramento should worry? No, it means if other cities can plan and build arenas Sacramento certainly can.
Read the NBC article at the link above.
DeMarcus Cousins this morning was announced as out for today’s game against the Pistons.
Cousins back-spasmed his way to 26 points and 15 rebounds tonight. Player of the Game. Nice job. But Kings lose.
This article explains that the Kings forgot about Cousins down low as he was having one of his best games and the best of the players on the court.
Cousins has the ability to dominate the middle, the rebounding and the scoring in many games th Kings play. But to really dominate the game he needs his teammates to acknowledge that. They have to want that. Otherwise it breaks down to one-on-one.
I am not going to pretend I am smarter than any player or coach on the floor. Or even than the other fans. But I am smart enough to know that in basketball you need to hav a teammate that can take over the game in the 4th quarter, especially lat. Cousins is that guy in most games.
Sure there are other guys. Evans. Even Thornton in some games. But not Salmons or Fredette or some of these other guys who suddenly decide “I’m the man”. You’re not. You’re a cog in the wheel. But when the cog decides to become the wheel? The machine breaks down.
Kings should have won that road game against the Pistons who are the Eastern Conference version of the Kings.
This makes no sense to me: Sacramento considers a surcharge fee for out-of-towners who park in downtown lots on event night?
This writer is from Yolo County and says he would not mind paying extra. What makes no sense to me is how they intend on determining who is or isn’t from Sacramento. And why shouldn’t Sacramentans kick in some extra pennies? Or is that what is really being considered? $3 extra for everyone to park. So parking fees (which may go up when it is privatized) plus penalty fee plus the highest ticket in the NBA plus food plus trinket plus a beer. What else?
There comes a point when the cost affects your attendance even if you have a new Arena. Especially when you have indifferent owners. And a team that doesn’t win.
But, these polls aree being circulated this weekend asking folks if they would support a $1-$3 surcharge for out-of-towners who park in downtown lots.
I dislike Cuban eve more today with him suggesting he wants to see an existing team “relocate” to Seattle. He is “against any expansion team” being placed there. He did vote against allowing the SuperSonics to move if that matters. He seems to think that it does.
Tycoons line up for a shot at the Kings as they lose another road game. This time a one-point loss in Cleveland. The Kings lost on a reach-in foul called on Evans as the Kings led with 0.4 seconds left in the game.
0 point fucking 4 seconds and the refs call a reach-in ticky-tacky foul. A hard loss.
The little train Isaiah Thomas started at PG, scored 23 points and dished 11 assists. This kid amazes me.
The Kings have mostly played well in this road stretch and shold have (shoulda) won these last two games.
Cleveland has a lot of connections for Sacramento. Keith Smart started his coaching career in Cleveland. Sacramento acquired JJ Hickson from Cleveland and expected big things. Hickson has yet to pan out and got 16 minutes of court time Sunday, scored zero points. The player Cleveland received for Hickson was Omri Casspi who grabbed a career high 12 rebounds last night.
No, Evans has not been demoted. But for the past few games he has been starting at SF with Isaiah Thomas starting at Point Guard. This is a good change, though I think Evans fitsbetter at SG. Smart thinks he can use Evans as a “Point Forward” a term I have never appreciated. Read about it at the link above.
In the last game though Evans pushed out 9 assists while playing the SF spot most of the game. I think this change is what has allowed the King to be in the games at the end with a chance to win. Now they just have to figure out how to finish the game when they have it in their hand in the last minute or two.
Thomas does certainly provide the Kings with a different spark at the PG spot and the team csn appreciate the ignificant upgrade Evan provide at the SF spot. Salmons can sit. If only the team could trade him and his contract.
This has been Salmons’ worst year. Chuck Hayes was a bit out of shape at the start of the season (who wasn’t this year?) and got worse after his injury when he was not even able to work out for awhile due to the injury to his shoulder. Since the injury he has not played well. Jimmer has not been the spark the owner expected (mot analysts are not surprised) and Evans has not been able to get back to his Rookie year level. The coaching change maybe? Or the lockout? And others have not played well.
Mostly the team as a whole has not played as if they understand the word “team” and constantly revert to one-on-one play often (too often) against Star level opponents.
Thomas has played as a teammate. He understands hi role (her hsd only been part of the team for a few months and yet he understands his role. Seemed to understand from day one. And he is the last player selected in the draft. Not what you expect from that draft slot. Imagine if he was 6’4″ or 6’6″? Heck imagine if he was really 5’10”. I love thi little sparkplug.
Commissioner Stern: Kings will make substantial financial contribution to arena deal.
“The team has agreed to a substantial contribution, both directly from itself, but also by catalyzing AEG to be interested. In effect, whatever money AEG puts in is because of give-backs by the team … so we see that as a team contribution,” Stern said. “Whether it ultimately closes all the gaps, we’ll know as we negotiate continuously and I fully expect that we will be negotiating in Orlando (this weekend when team and city representatives meet for the All-Star game)”
Stern is an ass and we should not be fooled.
Orlando Arena is a beacon for Sacramento. This Sacramento Bee article suggests that Sacramento can learn a lot from the struggles Orlando had to build an arena that is now hosting the 2012 NBA All-Star game week.
That makes sense. Sacramento & Orlando are similar market-size (19th and 20th) and have faced similar challenges in keeping their teams and their stars. Of course, Orlano has some pluses that Sacramento lacks. Orlano is a tourist attraction for other reasons, the city also has other major sports.
As the weekend opened and Stern worked the crowd, he was asked often about Sacramento, the Arena and the Kings.
“The fact this year’s event is being held in another small market?
That a series of intense, last-minute negotiations were needed to salvage an Amway Center agreement that involved city and county representatives and required major contributions by the Magic’s billionaire owner, Rich DeVos?
But Stern isn’t about to let an opportunity pass.”
Discussions between the City and the County could lead to County parking lots being include in the package that could go up for bids, with the funds being ussed to build a new Arena in Sacramento.
“Asked by the city for help in financing an arena, SacramentoCounty officials countered Thursday, saying the city could receive the money from parking at three county lots during arena events – if the city commits at least $500,000 a year to county parks.
Stern on Sacramento: “we have some points that may or may not be bridged.” Says March 1 deadline stands, big meeting Sunday (February 26th).
What points and what bridge?? I dunno. Dude never makes sense to me.
Well, today is the day. Or, today is A day. The City, the Maloofs and the NBA will meet in Orlando to try to wrap up a deal that the City Council can actually pass in a week or so. The Sacramento Bee newspaper is chock full of articles about the arena today.
I will give you the links and a couple of interesting quotes. Read the article at the link above which is on today’s front page. And yes, it is above the fold.
So let’s start with David Stern. A man who can never seem to make a straightfoward statement about anything. “The Maloofs have stepped up, the city has stepped up,” the commissioner added. “We’re having very intense conversations. But sometimes the best-intentioned and most fervent workers don’t quite get to the finish line because there are things that separate them.”
- the people of Sacramento have worked hard to come up with a decent deal to get the arena built.
- Throwing public money and assets in the pot
- Agreeing to renegotiate the signifcant loan the Maloofs already owe to the city, and
- constantly showing vocal support for a losing team.
- refuse to talk to the public
- Have not said they “want to be in Sacramento”
- Don’t seem to be working toward improving their product or their image in Sacramento
- Have not met with the Mayor or City representatives until yesterday
Am I wrong about this stuff?
I am just not convinced that the Maloofs or the NBA are willing to negotiate, to discuss issues with the expectation of making a deal that the public can support. They want a deal that THEY can support. Even if it is Crunch Time.
“Everyone has a good mindset and is ready to problem solve today,” the mayor said.
The “problem” remains bridging the gap between what the city is asking the Maloof family to contribute and what the Kings’ owners will agree to. Asked if the sides were moving forward, co-owner Joe Maloof said this morning, “I hope so.”
“George Maloof, who directed the team’s threatened relocation last April, remains the most skeptical of the siblings. He is the brother who develops projects, he says, which causes him to be more cautious. And true to his nature, during a quick late-afternoon break, he looked like a nearby Disney character – Grumpy.
If body languagecould talk, his was screaming for a high-speed train away from the railyards. Late Sunday night, he said only, “There are a lot of issues we have to get into.”
Monday evening February 27th:
Maloofs will give $75 million upfront in Arena deal. This is better news than I expected, I anticipated something like a $50 million promise “If” everyone else kicked in their pieces first. The family surprised me.
So this offer is pretty incredible and I think it gets the Arena done. It will be hard for the City Council to fail to put their dollars in this deal.
“The city of Sacramento and the Kings announced a tentative deal today to build a new arena in the downtown railyard.More than half the money would come from leasing the city’s parking to a private operator, but the team’s owners say they’ve also agreed to pay $75 million upfront.
George Maloof, the family member who pushed the hardest to move to Anaheim last year, said he believes the deal with Sacramento will allow the team to sustain itself financially for years in Sacramento,a small-market city. “We’re going to have a new building, we’ll be able to attract players. It will be much easier.”
“Each of them, one after another, said, ‘Yes, we want to be in Sacramento,’ ” the mayor recounted Monday, saying he hugged Joe, Gavin and George Maloof. “I knew at that point we had an excellent opportunity of making this deal happen….
… As negotiations stretched into a third day, Johnson called AEG, the giant arena operator the city is counting on to provide $50 million toward the project’s cost in exchange for running the facility and collecting much of the revenue.
The mayor asked AEG for more. The company agreed, pledging nearly $60 million….
…Meanwhile, the NBA also agreed to help. NBA Commissioner David Stern said Monday he assembled approval from the league’s other team owners to “in effect authorize me to be as supportive as we can be in this process, so that we could cement the future of the NBA in Sacramento.”
While Stern did not release details of that support, a source said he was indicating the league’s willingness to provide a financial safety net to the Maloofs to help them come up with their share of upfront funding for an arena.
Ryan Lillis, Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee have released some of the details of the proposed term sheet that the city will make public tomorrow. The city is set to pay $255,530,000 of $391 million. The Kings will pay $73.25 million and AEG will pay $58.75 million.
Other key details include:
*The Kings will sign a lease obligating the team and any potential future owners to remain in Sacramento for 30 years.
*The city will allow the Kings to refinance their existing $67 million city loan.
*A five percent surcharge will be applied on all tickets sold at the arena, for sports and non-sports events. That money will go to the city.
*The city receives a percentage of net profits earned by the arena operator.
*The anticipated prep and construction cost estimate for the arena has nudged up from a previous $387 million to $391 million.
*Another $3 million of the $391 million is slated to come from a public campaign, led by the mayor and Councilman Steve Cohn, where residents can purchase engraved bricks and plaques to be included at the facility site.
More details and info at the link above
2012 Draft: A lot of crazy trade rumors out there as we approach the trade deadline.
The draft isn’t so crazy though. This article shows that Sacramento, though struggling, has not played bad enough to fall into top lottery positions. And the rest of the season is mostly home games which means that Sacramento should have a better 2nd half than they did a 1st half.
As of now, the odds of the Kings being in the top 5 are slim.
DeMarcus Cousins moves into the elite among NBA Centers and cements the future of the Sacramento Kings.
Look back thru thiss post and my previous King’ post and you see that I have always believed this day was coming. I had fewer doubts about the big man. He may still provide Kings fan & coaches with perplexing moments and games when hi head is in some very strange place. But he i a big and talented young man. There is not a team in the league who would not want him. Today. Tomorrow. Next year. Probably 10 years from now barring injury and some other unfortunate incident.
He is that incredibly good. The best draft pick in Sacramento history. Pair him with Evans and we have a duo of draftees that can play together for a long while.
21 double-doubles in just 33 games during a lockout ravaged season. Cousins deserved an All-Star berth. I hope that next year he gets his first of many.
“This young man is playing at a great level,” Kings coach Keith Smart told The Bee’s Jason Jones, “and he doesn’t know how to play yet.”
Details, schmetails releaed about the arena. If you are wondering how much or who is giving or where it’s going click the link and read on.
You have heard or seen the basics so far but todays article gets below the muscle on this agreement.
I’m still feeling confident that the City Council will pass the agreement next week. But the negative Nellies are coming out for their last chance. On the Editorial page of the Bee you can read a very long well written edictorial from a couple of young guys that want the parking deal but don’t want the Kings (or the arena). I won’t even link to it here, I told you where to look.
Kings lost to Clippers last night & they get a chance at the Lakers tonight. The Masked Man from Los Angeles hits town to avenge their loss at the start of this season.
Kings lost to the Masked Mamba lat night. No big deal. Reserves played full 4th quarter except a few minutes for Thomas and they came back well. Scored 33 points in the quarter more than the Kings can usually squeeze out.
But Jason Jones Bee reporter tweeted a little tidbit about the Kings putting Tyreke Evans on the trading block. Sure got folks upset today. But I ask: who should we expect to see teams interested in and who could the Kings get a decent trade for? Cousins maybe, but Evans is the man.
He does everything he is asked to do and never complains. On the other side he has not played up to his rookie season of brilliance. But the team moved him out of the PG spot and have him playing SF. I would have expected SG but the team has a glaring hole at SF and Evans has done a great job.
If he gets traded who plays SF???
Sacramento unveils drawings showing how new Arena will be tucked away in the Railyard land.
“The renderings show the arena perched on a tightly-packed site just north of the existing I Street train depot, with a small courtyard and a light rail station between the two. The arena’s main entrance would face the back of the depot, near the intersection of 5th and H streets. The city’s planned new transit center would sit on the arena’s west flank….David Taylorof ICON/Taylor said his company would need to break ground by next spring or early summer to have an arena built for the 2015 NBA basketball season.”
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Smart expects to lose Assistant Coach Jim Todd to the Knicks now that former-King Mike Woodson is their Head Coach.
Kings host Timberwolves and Jason Thompson just posted his 3rd double-double in a row and he’s only in the 3rd Quarter. 11 points, 10 rebounds so far on Sunday. Click the link on JT’s name for details as he had posted consecutive 21-point, 15-rebound games. The game before those two performances, Thompson played only 15 minutes against the Warriors and finished with nine rebounds. JT was replaced when the Warriors went to their “mall ball”. His response?
“…. I took it on myself – I can play better. And sometimes even if the matchups aren’t there, if you play well, it’s tough to take a guy out.”
Way to play JT and @jtthekid in the world of Twitter.
Surely they could have gotten something in a trade? Hickson’s name was the ony one being tossed about bbefore the trade deadline but ou think they could have gotten a 2nd round pick? A dozen donuts? Something?
On the Vernal Equinox, as the Moon shifts around…AEG visits Sacramento and says “Sacramento ‘is a good bet’ on arena deal“.
Leiweke was introduced to Sacramento for the very first time today as the sun pushed its’ way thru all of the rain clouds we have had. mayor Johnson called AEG “one of the world’s very best…
…Leiweke said many in his industry have criticized his firm’s commitment to Sacramento. But, he said, “it’s the best market and the best fans I’ve seen anywhere in the NBA.” He added that California is AEG’shome state – the firm also built and runs Los Angeles’ Staples Center – and “it’s time that we put the state back to work.”
AEG is world class as far as arena operations go, Sacramento could not do any better. And to see then kick in extra tens of milions of dollars just as the arena deal was about to get completed shows that they are indeed committed to this project. I hope the owners are as committed.
As the 3rd Quarter begins tonight the Kings lead the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 66-56. We’ll see how the 2nd half goes.
With JJ Hickson gone this morning, the Kings seem intent on keeping Jason Thompson around.
Thompson has another good game putting in 40 minutes as the Kings win their 3rd in a row after losing 3 straight. Scored a lot of points, double digits in steals…just enough defense as they win 119-110 as they shot more than 53%.
- they have no (extra) money
- they hope to roadblock the arena
“A Maloof family spokesman in Los Angeles told The Bee today the team does not feel that it should share in pre-development costs because the team is only a tenant in the building, which would be owned by the city….Yet the Kings owners agreed in principle to pay $73.25 million “toward development and construction of the (arena),” according to a term sheet negotiated three weeks ago by the city, the team, the NBA and other private partners. That document states, “such amount shall include pre-development expenses paid by the Kings.”
Maloof downplayed any notion that the deal may be collapsing.
“We had some general feasibility questions for the city,” he told The Bee. “It’s a major deal and that’s how it works,” he added.”
This is the second time this month that David Stern and the NBA have had to step in and save this Arena deal when the Malof’s have decided to balk and turn their backs on Sacramento over very smal amounts of money.
As much as I often distrust Stern’s motives and dislike his actions I have to stick up for the guy here. He should be (and may be) twisting the Maloof’s arms high up behind their backs to get them to do the right thing, I apreciate and suport his actions to save the deal.
Amidst a four-game losing streak at home we find this about DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings, Seattle & sushi.
Kings owners say they disagree with many of the financial requirements for the new arena. This AFTER the owners, the NBA and the City reached agreement during meetings at the recent NBA All-Star game.
The wobbles by the owners will add fuel to the fire started by arena opponents in the City.
“…the disagreement comes as the City Council prepares for a pivotal vote on the project – whether to commit $6.5 million toward the pre-development expenses. The vote is set for Tuesday and represents the first significant expenditure of city dollars toward the $391 million project.”
Do you and I get to do that when we uy our house or our car?? Uh…..HELL NO!!!
Read the article here. I won’t place anymore in this post. It is crap.
Remember when the Maloofs stormed out of a City Council meeting during one arena discussion?
Or when, at the big kickoff to a 2006 initiatives campaign to build an arena in the downtown railyard,they shocked everyone by going off script and raising doubts about the project?…
…They walked away from the process and then made a hamburger commercial touting their net worth at $1 billion. The sales tax measure to build them a free arena went down in flames by an 80 percent to 20 percent vote….
…Think about that for a minute: The Maloofs don’t want to pay money while the clock is ticking on critical deadlines to do environmental review and site planning. Delays in this process will mean the arena won’t open in 2015 as everyone wants.
So if there are delays, who is causing them? The Maloofs.
They obviously don’t want to be here.”
The City will host a public workshop on the future arena.
“We’ve done everything we were asked to by the NBA,” said Assistant City Manager John Dangberg, the city’s point man on the arena. “We are hopeful the NBA and the team can … bring back a solution.”
For the Maloofs, the meetings could be pivotal. The family is expected to tell owners they never formally agreed to deal details, and that there are several elements in the tentative financing plan that need work before it gets their signature.”
But other cities beckon.
An official with the Honda Center in Anaheim, which nearly lured the Kings away last spring, said he wouldn’t be surprised if the courtship were to resume. Seattle indicated it remains interested in the team…
…The sniping over the failed project continued late Monday, when the city released an email from its consultant, Dan Barrett, to a Maloof attorney, responding to a list of objections to the arena deal the family gave the city Friday.
Barrett said the issues raised had already been “discussed and negotiated for several months” and flatly rejected by the city.
The arena idea itself might not be completely dead. One of the groups planning to bid on the city’s parking garages – a deal that could have raised $230 million for the arena – said Monday that it’s interested in reviving the project.
So then is it an easy move for the Kins to jump to Anaheim? Or to Seattle?
After all, now they have shown everyone that Sacramento cannot build an arena right? And that was the one thing the NBA said had to happen for the Maloofs to receive approval to move. Right?
Well….kind of. One problem the Maloofs have is that the City showed to the NBAs satisfaction that we CAN build an arena. And that we WANT to build an arena. It is the Maloofs who said no. That was not what they NBA and the other owners said must happen for the Maloofs to get their approval to move.
“If the Maloofs do want to move the Kings, it may not be that easy. The NBA’s window for relocation requests for 2012-13 has already closed. Beyond that, they would need majority approval from fellow NBA owners and likely would face the same objections they did last year if they try to move to Anaheim. That would put three teams in Southern California and infuriate the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
“I don’t think the Kings are going anyplace but back to the bargaining table if they’re intelligent,” said consultant Andy Dolich, a former executive with the Memphis Grizzlies and other NBA teams.
The NBA would like the Kings to stay put. A year ago, Commissioner David Stern said the league would support a relocation if an arena deal weren’t in place by now. But when asked Friday about the possibility of the team moving, he was noncommittal.”
“This is bigger than basketball,” he said. “I still believe that….
…The mayor said he still considers AEG a partner in its arena effort, even after the collapse of a deal that would have made the firm the operator of a downtown facility.
Johnson acknowledged that without the $73 million the Kings would have contributed to the arena, another facility might have to be smaller than the one originally proposed.
It is likely to be a challenge. David Taylor,the developer signed on to construct the downtown arena, said last year that the project would be a long shot without an anchor tenant, such as the Kings.”
“That still has great potential for us,” he said.
City staff will also look at how they can “capitalize on the potential of the Natomas property” near Power Balance, he said.”
Johnson said he received important insight from George Maloof as to why the family pulled out of the deal.
“I always felt we had a deal,” the mayor said. “They felt they had a different scenario. They felt the (revenue) numbers were aggressive for AEG (the planned arena operator) and the NBA,and those were all things he told me to my face.”..
Remember Mayor. There is no deal with the Maloofs until they sign the papers.
Read more here.
It’s almost funny. The Johnson & Maloof soap opera titled “As The Ball Spins“.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is meeting with George Maloof, the other Maloof brother, in Las Vegas.
KJ: I’ve said some very bad things in public about you and your brothers over this arena thing. Can you ever forgive me?
GEORGE: Maybe … let me think … how about going to tonight’s game, sit with my brothers, shake their hands and smile for the fans?”
God this season has been short. It ends tonight? The last game?
God this season has been long. The Maloofs? No Arena? Team can’t win in April, the final month of the season? Mostly at home? All of this drama.
And mostly the unending arena screw. Not ust this one.
The last six years of arena screws for the fans and the residents of Sacramento.
If I had season tickets I am not sure what I would do.
I would want to rip them up and throw them in the Maloof’s face. I would want to piss on the tickets because that is what the maloof’s have done to me.
I would not want to give up on the team. This team has a good young core. This team will have a good chance at a quality draft. This team has a good oung coach. This team has the opportunity to become good again. This team has salar space to sign a big-time Free Agent. Or two!!
After six ears of mismanagement by the MaGoofs.
What do I do? Can somebody help me??
…the Kings face a backlash from long-time fans such as Mark Drobny, an attorney who estimates he has spent $600,000 on Kings tickets over the past 26 years. He is canceling his season ticket purchase, saying the Kings persuaded him to re-up just days before the Maloofs announced in New Yorkthey were backing out of the arena deal.
“I don’t believe they have money to put a quality team on the floor,” he said. “I don’t believe they are going to sign a big free agent. They are stuck here for one more year, trying to put a happy face on the thing.
“They can’t do it with my money.”
“I would categorize the meeting as productive,” the mayor said afterward. He said he believes the Maloof family felt the same way.
Johnson gave out very few details, other than to say the city is still holding fast to the “term sheet” that was negotiated in late February in Orlando. The Maloofs have objected to several key points in the term sheet – points they say they never agreed to.
“We’ve heard their perspective,” Johnson told reporters at City Hall. “Our understanding…was enhanced by the meetings.”
He said the Maloofs still “want a deal downtown.”
I say: I am glad everone is meeting rather than just cancelling any & all attemptss, but do not trust them Mr Maor. Do not trust them.
Personally I think it is the Maloof’s way to tell the NBA “Gee…..we tried guys. We tried.”
Read more HERE.
Stan Lukowicz, one of the businessman whose name was signed for him, told the Bee Monday he has no problem with what happened.
“I feel they had my blessing to do that,” said Lukowicz of Capital City Loan & Jewelry.
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