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No NBA team had as bad of a weekend as the Sacramento Kings.
Co-owner Gavin Maloof was in tears following the announcement of the Kings' new arena deal in early March.
A month later, the Maloof brothers took issue with some of the terms in the deal, particularly the pre-development costs, which amounted to $3.25 million. Now, after refusing to go through with the tentative deal for a new arena in Sacramento, the Maloof family has done its very best to kill basketball in California's capital.
As owners of the team, the Maloofs have every right to reject the deal. As much as the city of Sacramento and the fans want to believe that the team is theirs, it's not. The Maloofs, whether they have money or not, are the owners of the Kings.
As strictly a business deal, it would make sense for the Maloofs to move the Kings to Anaheim. It's not rocket science—teams in larger markets make more money. It was foolish to believe that David Stern would remove the Maloofs as owners. As CSNBayArea.com writer Ray Ratto wrote in his brilliant column about the Maloofs, as long as the Maloofs are owners of the Kings, they are one-thirtieth of Stern's supervisors. Stern will never force the Maloofs to sell.
Once again, the future of the Kings in Sacramento is uncertain. Kings fans don't deserve to be treated like this by the Maloofs. They have been a great fanbase for a franchise that gives them little reason to cheer.