The Anaheim Royals: A Name That Makes All the Fans in Sacramento Want to Puke
Several recent reports have said the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, may potentially file to relocate on or before the March 1 deadline. Those reports indicate the relocation, which would be next season, would have the Kings playing in Anaheim.
Owners of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center declined comment regarding the issue, and Joe Maloof was very mum on exactly the team's intent. Outside of saying they are analyzing all avenues that would be best for the Kings, Maloof did not specify if a move to Anaheim was eminent.
With the Kings play resembling that of a disorganized AAU team or perhaps a group of middle-schoolers, the move couldn't come at a lower point.
Well, the Kings could have filed to move back in 2008 when no one truly cared if they existed. They were a sorry excuse for a basketball team then as well.
And it wasn't just because they only won 17 games, but because I'm sure most fans hadn't seen a group of more uninspired people than the group of hipsters they see frequently at their local coffee shop.
Now, with the Kings potentially hitting rock bottom this season and having one of the worst records—worse than last season—and a team that always appears in flux, a move of the team may be something of a renaissance. Perhaps becoming next year's Oklahoma City Thunder?
The Sacramento Kings and the Seattle Sonics of 2008 may have a lot more in common than we expected: Two teams with promise, including some young talent and may be even a few pieces away from being relevant.
But the areas that watched teams flounder for those years before are now having their team with potential taken away from them.
And to be fair, blaming the Maloofs is not the right place to point the finger. Although, with the new arena committee in place and some mild progress being made, it would be disheartening to see the team moved.
Especially before finding out if the city would back a new arena, and considering this may be the most progress made for an arena proposal ever.
The city of Sacramento has decided to drag their feet as much as possible for over a decade, testing the patience of many people and putting on hold the vague possibility of making Sacramento a desirable place for not just a basketball team, but for entertainment as a whole.
I'm mostly repeating myself and displaying the same cynicism as I always have regarding this issue.
But this time it's different.
It isn't just speculation now, their has been interaction. There has been dialogue. There has been movement with two necessary parties.
Now, with just over a week until Arco Arena will official become (gag me with a spoon) Power Balance Pavilion, this could also become the day the Maloofs officially announce their intent to move the Kings.
Can I blame them? No.
Am I happy? Of course not.
Am I mad as hell? You bet.
Even forward Jason Thompson posted something very briefly on his Twitter account about relocating before it was taken down, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse.
Aside from hearing about it and seeing the news, I don't really know what to think about it all. On one hand, I can't blame the Maloofs for wanting to move after 12 years of patience and persistence. To accompany failed attempt after failed attempt to get a new arena, I am really at a loss for words.
Devoid of thought.
I suppose they can take my team, but not the memories. And despite how much those hurt to think about, and how I am belittled by fellow sports fans of teams that actually win, the Kings will always be my team, in Sacramento.
In Anaheim? No. The Kings belong to them now. They are no longer my team. They are no longer the Kings, they're the Royals.
Sacramento fails. The community loses. Goodbye, Kings. Hello, Royals.
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