Kevin Johnson Claims There is a 90 Percent Chance the Kings Remain in Sacramento
Seattle won't get the Sacramento Kings without a fight.
Sacramento mayor and former NBA-great Kevin Johnson, likened the chances of his city keeping the Kings in town to Steve Nash's conversion rate on the free-throw line.
Johnson dropped the vote of confidence on the Dan Patrick Show.
He points out the importance of the franchise to the city's economy and the faithful fan base as part of the reason he believes it is vital to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
According to Johnson, the city has a deal in place for an arena, and that of course is a major step towards keeping the team.
I’m pleased to announce an agreement w/ Burkle-Mastrov-Ranadive group on a public-private partnership to build a new ESC at DT Plaza Mall...— Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson) March 23, 2013
Still, the situation has to come before the NBA Board of Governors on April 3 with a decision expected April 18-19. Seattle, of course, lost their Supersonics in 2008 because they couldn't get funding for a new arena.
That is a point that Johnson doesn't hesitate to mention. He told Patrick:
That is why the team left Seattle; they weren't getting the support they needed and they couldn't build a building. That is not the case in Sacramento. Our fans are some of the best in the NBA bar none and we have two arena deals.
The two primary factors, we have addressed in Sacramento. It would be unprecedented for owners to say. We're going to pick up this team and move it to another city.
What percentage do you put on the Kings staying in Sacramento?
KJ certainly has picked up this politics thing quite well. He's an exceptional salesman, but interested parties must remember a few important details.
The figurehead from the Seattle group Chris Hansen, has already reached agreement to purchase 65 percent of the Kings franchise from the Maloof family. He recently agreed to purchase a smaller share (seven percent) from Bob Cook, who filed for bankruptcy in 2011, per Seattle Times.
While KJ fights the good fight, he could be facing an insurmountable task where the writing on the wall is too thick for his efforts to erase.
We will soon see which city and group of rich men wins this tug of war.
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