Sacramento Kings Moving: New Details Emerge, Glimmer of Hope for Sacramento Fans
Ever since Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Tweeted that billionaire Ron Burkle has expressed interest in purchasing the Sacramento Kings and keeping them in Sacramento, speculation has run amok that they may indeed stay in California's capital. Burkle is a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Maloofs have said that they have no desire to sell, but former Sacramento Bee Kings beat writer Sam Amick—who has been scooping every new detail in the move from the start—offered one nugget on Twitter that will only fuel Sacramento fans' newfound optimism:
Yes, Maloofs don't want to sell, but here's the thing. The NBA wants to find a home for the biggest of billionaires. Rising tide effect.
Suddenly Sacramento fans went from defeated to rallying around the new tidbit that emerged from today's meetings in New York. Longtime Bee metro and sports columnist Marcos Breton made the first Burkle play-on analogy to Kings fans:
#Burkle your safety belts, Sacramento....Ok, that was terrible. #HereWeStay #HereWeBuild #HereWeBurkle
Tony Bizjak, who covered today's meeting on the Bee's behalf, reported via Twitter:
@KJ_MayorJohnson says his group gave NBA owners "something to think about" today. "We're showing we're playing to win."
@KJ_MayorJohnson says Sac corporations committed $7 million in annual sponsorships to keep Kings. NBA owners took notice of that, he said
Follow Bizjak's running blog at sacbee.com here for even more updates.
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