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04-22-2011, 06:54 PM
NBA officials now expect the Kings to play next season in Sacramento, league executives told The Times on Friday.

Whether the team, which was about to seek permission to move to Honda Center in Anaheim, stays in Sacramento beyond next season remains to be decided.

That will depend on city and county officials and local businesses redeeming the pledges made by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before the NBA's relocation committee last week in New York, including support for a new downtown arena.

Commissioner David Stern declined Friday to compare the cities' packages.

"That's for the committee to decide," he said from New York.

However, Stern confirmed the NBA's continuing interest in Sacramento's offer.

"Mayor Johnson made certain representations about community support that he had secured," Stern said.

"The committee thought it would be prudent to send an NBA task force out to Sacramento to verify those commitments.

"And that is now what's being done."

The NBA officials agree that if the Kings live up to all of their pledges, the team is expected to stay in Sacramento long-term.

After a decade of failed negotiations for a new arena, with Stern involved in the most recent talks, washing his hands when they crashed, Sacramento officials had lost credibility with Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, as well as with NBA officials.

However, when Johnson presented his lavish package with the Is dotted, the Ts crossed, the timetable specific and the funding package appearing to be credible, everything changed.

The officials agree that there was no problem with Anaheim's offer, or any questions about Honda Center's suitability.

Nevertheless, when Sacramento's bid came in, Anaheim became, as one official put it, "immaterial."

More NBA staffers are expected to visit Sacramento next week to pore over the details.

With the new May 2 deadline approaching, the relocation committee is expected to convene late next week.

If Sacramento's offer stands up, the committee is expected to recommend that the Kings remain in the city for next season.

If the Maloofs still wanted to leave, they would be in the position of having to ask the same committee and league officials for approval.

The only other option is the nuclear one: an antitrust suit.

Link (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-sacramento-nba-20110423,0,7538878.story?track=rss&dlvrit=53290)

04-22-2011, 06:58 PM
good for them. anaheim doesn't deserve ****.

04-22-2011, 06:58 PM

04-22-2011, 07:04 PM
hope so

04-22-2011, 07:06 PM
We don't need another team in Southern California.

04-22-2011, 07:06 PM
There's a chance but it depends on a few things that have to go the Kings way as far as proving to league-officials/committee that Sactown can get enough local-business's behind em & eventually workout a deal for a new arena.They also gotta prove that its a better place to have an NBA team than Anaheim.

Thats a lot to ask.Not impossible but tough.

Now the both the Lakers/Clippers could be of help for the Kings b/c they can both start throwing that territorial rights stuff in the air & take that to court.