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Sinattle
01-11-2011, 11:01 PM
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlesports/archives/235269.asp?from=blog_last3


With so much talk about the fate of the New Orleans Hornets, it's easy to forget there's another NBA team that wants out of its current arena.

The owners of the Sacramento Kings have been trying for more than a decade to get a replacement for Arco Arena. Voters rejected a sales tax in 2006 that would have paid for the new digs. And the Cal Expo board last year rejected a land swap to provide land for a downtown arena.

Columnist Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register speculates that the Maloof family now might have its sights on Anaheim.

Youngman says Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli wants an NBA team to share the Honda Center. Seattle, San Jose, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Louisville also have been mentioned in the past as potential new homes for the Kings.

The latest speculation was triggered by a Bloomberg News story that two private investment firms are working to take control of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas after the Maloofs violated loan covenants.

The family released a statement Monday, saying, "We are looking at all options to ensure the long-term viability of this franchise."

Time, Youngman says, could be of the essence for the Maloofs:


If the Maloofs are having significant financial problems the Sacramento Bee reports that in 2009 the family sold its original beer distributorship in New Mexico for more than $100 million and that there also were staff layoffs in the Kings organization and at The Palms then perhaps there is a greater sense of urgency to move the franchise to a market with better demographics, more potential corporate sponsors and an NBA-ready arena.

That's where Anaheim comes in. If the Maloofs decide to move the Kings or are forced to sell a team struggling on the court (NBA-worst 8-25 record) and struggling at the gate (29th out of 30 in home attendance) Anaheim and San Jose are believed to be the most likely destinations because they both have NBA-quality arenas and waiting billionaires to help them overcome financial obstacles.

Seattle has a waiting billionaire in Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but KeyArena is not considered "NBA-quality" anymore. San Jose has Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and HP Pavilion, home of the Sharks, but the league has already rebuffed Ellison's attempts to buy the Hornets.

Does Anaheim have the inside track for the Kings?

"We have always wanted, and continue to work on getting an NBA basketball team at the arena," Michael Schulman, Ducks CEO and chairman of Anaheim Arena Management, said Sunday. "And we will continue to work at that. If the Kings end up deciding to leave Sacramento, we would welcome them to Anaheim. Or any other team."

Read Youngman's entire column, including some potential obstacles to the Kings moving to Anaheim, here.



WTF? 3 teams in LA... Send them to Seattle and rename them the Supersonics instead. LA only cares about the Lakers anyways.

asandhu23
01-12-2011, 12:06 AM
err... they forgot about Warriors moving 18 miles across SF bay to San Francisco

soonabooma
01-12-2011, 12:07 AM
Seattle is not getting a team any time soon. ;)

DenButsu
01-12-2011, 12:09 AM
Seattle is not getting a team any time soon. ;)

Damn, no need to be so smug about it... that's cold.

ManRam
01-12-2011, 12:20 AM
That would be nothing short of dumb.

asandhu23
01-12-2011, 12:22 AM
They need a new name, Kings doesn't seem appropriate for a franchise that has never ruled anything.


FALSE!!! they actually have a championship. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1950%E2%80%9351_Rochester_Royals_season

iCOOKiE MONSTER
01-12-2011, 12:30 AM
FALSE!!! they actually have a championship. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1950%E2%80%9351_Rochester_Royals_season

HOLY SHhhhhhhrooms :)
Thats old, we talking about in the year 2000 n up bro

asandhu23
01-12-2011, 12:37 AM
HOLY SHhhhhhhrooms :)
Thats old, we talking about in the year 2000 n up bro

kids... :pity:

jimbobjarree
01-12-2011, 02:21 AM
Seattle is not getting a team any time soon. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7RiC3Dduhk

jimbobjarree
01-12-2011, 02:22 AM
also boooooo, need the kings to stay in Sactown

Lakerfan8032
01-12-2011, 02:52 AM
The Clippers should move to Anaheim so L.A. can officially become the Lakers town. It already basically is.

KDM1986
01-12-2011, 03:00 AM
Seattle is not getting a team any time soon. ;)


Seems like Seattle is going to have to wait before they get a shot at another NBA team playing there. It isnt right but what can you do.....

KDM1986
01-12-2011, 03:02 AM
The Clippers should move to Anaheim so L.A. can officially become the Lakers town. It already basically is.

If their was ever a time for the Clippers to move it is now. They have a great young star in Blake Griffin to market to the fans where ever they move too.

RZZZA
01-12-2011, 03:07 AM
KDM, I friggin LOVE your sig.

KDM1986
01-12-2011, 03:13 AM
KDM, I friggin LOVE your sig.


Feel free to copy it and use it as well.:D

BYBLOS88
01-12-2011, 03:14 AM
please bring any team to anaheim! that would be awsome. im a laker fan but if anaheim got a team they would be right up there with the lakers!

DodgerBulls
01-12-2011, 03:17 AM
Eh, would be another la rival. Anaheim is not LA! la people hates the oc and vice versa.

GoatMilk
01-12-2011, 03:19 AM
Eh, would be another la rival. Anaheim is not LA! la people hates the oc and vice versa.

thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this

xbrackattackx
01-12-2011, 10:37 AM
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlesports/archives/235269.asp?from=blog_last3





WTF? 3 teams in LA... Send them to Seattle and rename them the Supersonics instead. LA only cares about the Lakers anyways.

I wanna see the Clippers go to Seattle, Kings go to Vegas, Hornets to Kansas City. Then I wanna them to make 3 new teams in Vancouver,Louisville and Anaheim. That way a lot of the Free Agents and Rookies can still play here and not have to go over seas cause there is no room.

hyb152
01-12-2011, 02:12 PM
They need a new name, Kings doesn't seem appropriate for a franchise that has never ruled anything.

Well technically they ruled in 2002, er, I mean, David Stern ruled in 2002.

DerekRE_3
01-12-2011, 02:45 PM
HOLY SHhhhhhhrooms :)
Thats old, we talking about in the year 2000 n up bro

So every team besides the Spurs Heat Lakers Celtics and Pistons need to change their name?

DerekRE_3
01-12-2011, 02:46 PM
Eh, would be another la rival. Anaheim is not LA! la people hates the oc and vice versa.

This. People that say Orange County is LA piss me off.

Chronz
01-12-2011, 02:52 PM
If their was ever a time for the Clippers to move it is now. They have a great young star in Blake Griffin to market to the fans where ever they move too.
thats the dumbest thing Ive ever heard, hey now that your actually on the up, move OUT of LA. Brilliant

xbrackattackx
01-12-2011, 03:02 PM
This. People that say Orange County is LA piss me off.

x 2

mrblisterdundee
01-12-2011, 04:05 PM
Whether anybody likes it or not, owners will take their teams where the arenas are. They have no allegiance to the fans; look at Seattle. If Anaheim or San Jose has the arena, than they're likely locations for a team. Personally, I think San Jose would be the better option; it's the third largest city and California and the tenth largest in the country. Also, it's the largest U.S. city without an NBA team. But if there has to be so many teams in California, I'd like to see the Kings move to San Diego, the second largest city in California and eighth largest in the country.