Bryant hit a game-tying three-pointer in the waning moments of the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game (an eventual 116-108 overtime victory) to demoralize and all but end the Kings' stay in Sacramento.
As Sacramento Bee writer Jason Jones noted in Thursday morning's edition, "Kobe Bryant was here for perhaps the most gut-wrenching moment in the history of the Sacramento Kings."
As of Thursday, that may no longer be the Los Angeles Lakers' epic Game 7 overtime victory in then-Arco Arena of the 2002 Western Conference Finals that still has Sacramento natives kicking tires. After a wild, emotional likely sendoff for the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, all eyes now turn to New York, where the Kings owners are meeting with the NBA's Board of Directors.
The Maloof brothers will make a presentation at 9:45 a.m. EST in New York, weighing the pros and cons of staying in Sacramento or bolting for Southern California to become the region's third NBA team.
George Maloof told the Bee on Thursday morning, "We're making a presentation today about what's good and bad about Sacramento and Anaheim. If the owners are comfortable with it, we'll take the next step. We'll put in an application on Monday if things are right."
Stay tuned for all the latest developments.