He understands the game and he certainly understands the Sacramento basketball team the Sacramento Kings. And most important now he understands how bad the Kings owners, the Maloof family AKA: the MaGoofs, are for Sacramento.
Bretons article today is titled Sacramento stuck with the low-rent Maloofs and unfortunately Breton is right. He wrote an article about one of his visits to the Arena to attend a Kings game last season that was just so insightful it blew my mine.
In that article he made point after point showing how little the Maloofs cared for their current arena, while the rest of us were focused on the new arena. He understood that the new arena would never be built….solely because of the Maloofs. No one else understood this.
Now Breton show us why the Maloofs keep up ownership of the Kings. A team they could easily sell.
“Some Bay Area media friends repeatedly ask me: Why don’t the Maloofs just sell the Kings?
My answer: What else would they do with themselves?
They lost the family liquor business. They lost the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. If you follow them on Twitter, you see them hawking super-cool iPhone cases and occasionally promoting little skateboarding events. None of the brothers is married or has children. The Kings are it for them.
So the California capital is stuck with these guys. The happy ending that Sacramento wanted for the Kings – in a downtown arena at the old railyard – is the polar opposite from the happy ending that the Maloofs want.
Their strategy has been clear for years: Wait for an obscene deal to fall into their laps where someone else pays for everything while they control all the profits.
The arena plan Mayor Kevin Johnson had devised, one the NBA fully approved, came with onerous conditions – such as the Maloofs putting money into the building and pledging collateral on their loans.
Oh boy! Those were fighting words for the Maloof boys!”
Again, my friend Breton is NOT a sports guy. He is a very intelligent man who understands the Kings and the owners in ways the rest of us just don’t.
“So why have I been hitting the Maloofs so hard for mismanaging the Kings as they see fit?
Because they are so unbelievably disingenuous. Because they don’t have the guts to simply say that Sacramento doesn’t work for them.
Instead, they carry on the charade of looking for a way to blame Sacramento as a reason for relocating the team.
Don’t listen to their words. Study their actions.”