Maloofs, pay back that $70 million loan back to Sacramento and get the hell out.
“If you don’t like what you see here, get the funk out/We won’t try to force feed you, get the funk out.” –Get the Funk Out, Extreme (A&M)
Let’s get one thing straight
I’ve been reading posts about the job losses that would happen when the Kings leave Sacramento. Also that Kevin Johnson hasn’t done enough to keep them here, but the ball is in the court of the Maloofs, and they want to sell.
And I say if they gave a damn about the Kings, posts like this one would be a non-issue and not even thought of.
But they don’t and that’s why posts like this one exist.
Last year, I posted about my disdain for the Maloofs when they secretly tried to move the team to Anaheim, and it got exposed. They were given an arena deal during the NBA All-Star break, and they publicly took the offer. And as quickly as they accepted it, they balked at it, even after everything had been worked out.
This year, they have buyers in Seattle and they have already filed relocation papers to move the Kings to Seattle and rebrand them the Seattle Supersonics. Why couldn’t the NBA add another two expansion teams and leave Sacramento the Kings?
Because the Maloofs’ asses are broke and they want to sell to make money.
Making money.,,what a concept.
They had pearls in the team of Webber, Divac, Kidd, Bibby. Stojakovic and Turkulu, but they threw them away. They had a diamond in Coach Rick Adelman and they threw him away. They had potential gold in the Monarchs and the Sacramento Knights. The Knights they disbanded and the Monarchs ended even after they won the WNBA championship. They had a sports dynasty in the making and, in the end, they fucked it all up.
Instead after going 15 winless seasons and going 10 winning seasons, we ended up with lousy playing, revolving door coaches-of-the-week, more winless seasons, and lots and lots of empty seats at Sleep Train Arena. How bad is it? The Kings vs. The Lakers were always a big draw, selling out every seat in the venue. This time, the venue had a ton of empty seats. If you were there, it looked like they didn’t sell a lot and if you were at home, it looked even worse. And no amount of camera trickery could salvage it.
Their promos to get people to the games have lost a lot of sting. Remember the “Here We Stay” promos that were supposed to get the butts in the seats? With the machinations going on with the Maloofs behind the scenes, there’s no wonder not many are attending the remaining games. A week after they aired a “Here We Build” promo to get people to come see the games, the deal with investors in Seattle had been struck. It reminds me of NBC in 1999-they had announced the cancellation of Another World and then, at the end of the episodes up to the cancellation, they asked the viewers to go to their website to give their opinions.
And, as many want to blame KJ on the Kings’ departure, consider this: he bent over backwards to try and keep them here. Things like giving away Downtown parking lots to a private contractor for 50 years, putting up $50 million for a down payment, having local businesses and investors put up monies to keep them here, cutting the law enforcement and fire response (not a good move)…just to keep the Kings here in Sacramento.
And in the end, it is for naught.
I don’t blame Seattle because they had their team taken away from them because the millionaires moved them to Oklahoma City. Yet, this was an opportunity to make two expansion teams-give one to Seattle and to give one to Kansas City to replace the Kings that Sacramento had taken away from them. But they aren’t going to do this.
And this is how they repay the fan loyalty, those fans that stuck with them through all of the losing seasons as well as the winning ones. The loyal who put up with getting robbed by the NBA when they had a crooked ref decide the playoffs in Game 6. The loyal who put up with the head coach do-si-do till the team itself is a boat without a rudder and throwing back in shades of when they first got here-winless with 0-multiple game losses. The Maloofs feigned keeping the team here, knowing damned well what they were going to do, playing on the emotions of the loyal fan base that helped line their pockets.
So, I say, please spare the feelings of the fans, pay the $70 million you owe the city, and get the hell out, Maloofs. Seattle, hope they will win for you and hope that the owners don’t pull the crap the Maloofs did.
Comcast, if you want me to be a customer again? Start carrying Golden State Warriors games like you do with most Bay Area sports teams and have them throughout Northern California. Since the Kings are going to be the Seattle Supersonics, the NBA’s ‘one-to-a-market’ rule no longer applies.