Blogtable: Kings’ future

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

Sacramento’s Kings possibly (probably?) moving to Anaheim: Depressing, alarming, no biggie … or what?

Steve Aschburner: Disappointing. The answer to the NBA’s small-market problem isn’t to shed the small markets. The answer is to negotiate a system with the players that enables the little towns to compete in the standings and for marquee guys. Sacramento has been a rabid NBA town in the past and that sort of enthusiasm needed to be nurtured and protected, not frittered away by a franchise headed south (on the court and on the map).

Fran Blinebury: Cincinnati to Kansas City/Omaha to Sacramento to Anaheim.  Shouldn’t the NBA insist that the franchise at least install wheels to make all these moving days easier? As one who was at the first playoff series in Sac between the Kings and Rockets in 1986 and at the epic series with the Lakers in 2002, I’ll miss the kind of passion that only comes in a one-team town.  I already miss the bagel dogs at the old Arco Arena.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Pick any downer adjective. But do not choose “surprising.” This moment has been coming for years, and if anything, the surprise is that it has taken this long. And it is a very big deal. It’s the NBA on the verge of losing one of its unique places, in a city that until a few years ago practically considered a professional sports franchise a member of the family. No league can afford to lose that kind of unique atmosphere.

Shaun Powell: The Kings moving from Sacramento to Anaheim is a lot like putting off your problems until tomorrow. At this point, there really isn’t anywhere else for them to relocate. Really: Will Anaheim guarantee success or a faithful following? Who in Orange County is clamoring for the Kings? Vegas is where the Maloofs would love to go but that’s a whole ‘nother issue.

John Schuhmann: Depressing. There are other cities around the league that don’t support their team nearly as much as Sacramento has over the years. Another great fanbase could lose its team in favor of a market that’s already got two of them.

Sekou Smith: Depressing, for sure. Few teams have enjoyed the sort of love affair the Kings have with their loyal fans in Sacramento. Something tells me everyone will find a way to move on, eventually, but you’ve seen ugly the split can be (Seattle), especially on those left behind. And it won’t be any easier this time.

40 Comments

  1. Hardhat Lunchpal says:

    The Kings are moving to Anaheim? What next, are we moving the Hornets to Hollywood and the Jazz to Beverly Hills? How many teams does LA need to have?

  2. aer adgfda says:

    Come to Vancouver!!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Enough about a move to Vegas, this being a better move for the Kings, every gambling facility in Vegas would have to take them off the books for every game, you are talking millions! The Maloof’s are trying to compete in the O.C. where they already have plenty of pro sports and sadly Sacramento should have done something long ago to keep our team here and the Maloof’s could have made improvements to the existing building if they wanted to the Honda Arena does not seat that many more people and will have to be brought up in a bit to meet NBA standards! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  4. caleb says:

    the kings will eventually get a new team and a new arena with mayor kevin johnson in town. idk what the maloofs are thinking trying to compete with the lakers and clippers but i dont think its a good move.. i been to a kings game once in 02 and man that environment was crazy…sacramento kings are the only team in town and are more must see tv than the warriors so the whole northern califoria supports them…the kings based on their location is a GOLD MINE with fans all over northern cali and nevada so i take it the neighboring reno makes bank on them..the tickets for a kings game was impossible to find when they were good, ownership dismantled and disected that team to where thay had so much young talent but it was horrible to watch because it was like watching a college team get a beat down by a nba team..so the maloofs if they were smart stay in sacto and build a better team, THE FANS WILL COME…..ill even go see them and im from utah

  5. Jaysen Moslehi says:

    Deals always fail atthe last second. I have season tickets in Sacramento and it would be terrible to lose this team. We are protesting in city hall and we are holding protests are certain games.

    Its not over. The Sf giants were on their way to florida years and years ago, but as the bus was on the way there the deal got called off and the giants remain in san francisco to this day.

    More and more people are going to the games and over my dead bodyand others in sac will this team leave.

    “Our Team, Our City, Our Lives”

    KINGS 4 life

    HERE WE STAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. It’s Seattle all over again… only worse! At least the Sonics (well, the Thunder) went to a small market where they are the biggest game in town. The Kings (Royals??) moving to Anaheim is ridiculous! The L.A. region already has 2 NBA teams, NFL, NHL and 2 MLB teams Plus high quality college sports. Sactown has none of these things!
    It all comes down to greed, petulant owners, in my opinion.
    It’s deja-vu… or is that Peja-vu?

    http://www.atticusuncensored.com/2011/03/deja-vu-or-to-sacramento-peja-vu/

  7. McKinley says:

    I live in LA. But I have seen the Lakers play in Sac about 8 times over the years. At first it was about 20% Laker fans, Over the years more and more Laker jersey’s would be in the crowd. But in reality they play in an obsolete Arena. They sold out 2 games last year . Only when the World Champions came to Arco. It’s bad for the city of Sac . Then again if the ticket sales are not there, you can’t blame the owners for moving. Las Vegas would be a good home .

    • matt says:

      You my friend have not been around very long….. And you are a Lakers fan…. sooooo many things need to be fixed with you…. hahaha

  8. Texifornia says:

    Man quit complaining about them going to LA. They aren’t going to L.A. they are going to Orange County. Orange County is better than L.A, sucks. OC and LA are completely different.

  9. seattle fan says:

    I feel for you sac fans. The Sonics were ripped from us in a very similar way. I know it feels bad right now, but believe me, it will feel a lot worse later.

    • gm melilli says:

      seattle rules. i live in australia, and shawn kemps poster is still on my wall. what a great team. as much as i like the thunder, ill always resent them

  10. Kingsfan says:

    I think its incredibly sad that this move is taking place. I see a lot of comments about it being the Maloof’s fault, you guys do know that they need a new stadium right? Have you been to Arco(or Power Balance or whatever its called now) recently? It is incredibly broken down. The city of Sacramento has refused to help pay for a new stadium. Because of this the Maloof’s are forced to take action. This situation isn’t something that has just came on the radar this season, this has been something that has been brewing for at least 5-7 years.

    I use to be a die hard Kings fan. Once I saw the ownership or GM dismantle the team I loved so much, I have lost a lot of respect for that team. I still keep my Kingsfan tag in memory of what the community and the fans of the Kings are like. They will be missed. I guess that means I get to go back and root for my old favorite, go Bulls!!

    • CCampbell says:

      The ballot measure to publicly finance a new area in Sacto was voted down – probably – because it gave the Maloofs virtual ownership of the facility: they would have earned on every hot dog, car parked, etc not just for the Kings games (40-50 nights per season) but always, whether the Icecapades, rock concert or just day parking for downtown business. Great deal for them; bad deal for the tax payer, way beyond supporting a basketball team.

      So what are the Maloofs apparently settling for now? Being just a tenant in Anaheim. I won’t blame them, but it sounds like a dumb move – they could have got their Sacramento arena if they had been less greedy and would be the only team in town

  11. Andy says:

    Beat L.A. don’t be L.A.

  12. Kings4Today says:

    Stern stated years ago that he would never let a team exist in Vegas because he doesn’t want the NBA so deeply imbedded in the gambling industry, at least that’s the message I took from him. No matter the situation these are sad times for Kings fans and I personally feel this is a really bad business move that alienates some of the most loyal fans (customers) in the NBA. I’m lost on what the gain is here for the Maloofs. Losing an entire city of dedicated fans for a few empty luxury boxes in LA? Hopefully they come to their senses and do the right thing. Keep the Kings in Sacramento!

  13. Jake says:

    I’m sorry that the Kings are leaving and I feel bad for the fans in Sacramento. I live in Utah, so I know how it is to have only one major pro sports franchise to support (although RSL has been pretty legit lately). I can’t imagine what things would be like if the Jazz relocated. I’m glad that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon. I don’t really like the Anaheim move either. Vegas would be better. Does anyone know why they can’t/won’t move to Vegas?

    • Chuy says:

      They won’t move to Vegas because if a Professional team is based out of there than no betting on that teams games/series can be made it Vegas.
      Already The Palms Casino does not accept bets on Kings games because they too are owned by the Maloofs.

  14. Michael says:

    why do i see a bunch of immature people fighting about melo and the knicks over the internet? really? over the internet? you guys are lame for real go to school or get a job. there is more important issues going on than melo’s future with the knicks or the knicks in general. its the knicks… at least you arent moving from sacramento to some gay laker/clipper town. KINGS FAN FOR LIFE!! R.I.P. SACRAMENTO KINGS YOU WILL BE MISSED!! as for you melo/knicks people go. look how good denver is without him and how aweful the knicks have been with him. just sayin. oh and remember when melo sucker punched nate and then when nate charged after him he just practically ran backwards from a 5 foot midget? get real melo is a *****.

  15. Cones says:

    What kind of commish says sure lets take away one of our most loyal fan bases in the nba and move the team to Anahiem so it can compete with the fan bases of the Lakers and Clippers. What fan in Anaheim is gonna choose not to be a fan of the hometown superstar Kobe and that stacked championship team or not even be a fan of the most exciting new player in the league with Griffin and his squad, but say “I want to forget those teams and be an almost last place royals fan”? What are the Maloofs thinking? Dumb!!!

  16. JoeLo says:

    the knicks have a future with Melo. he can not do the job alone, in addition to the defense of the Knicks is not the best and that’s what’s affecting us, such as turnovers. but anyway I go to the knicks.

  17. 1MELO5 says:

    KNICKS ^^ Melo Will Dominate Any SF in the Game That Includes LeBron ! Cause he already DID ! NOOBS

  18. 3 Southern Californian Teams says:

    Why? Why? and Why? Laker fans already have their issues with the clippers, and now the Kings. Boooooooo. Las Vegas now that would be interesting. I dislike the kings, but in Vegas something to support just cause its Vegas.

  19. mahad says:

    Dont diss carmelo anthony, who may be the bvest offensive player in the nba. The knicks are just truggling wich is understandable, considering they threw theese guys together by the deadline. Just lkie the miami heat it took them months to prove to the nba that they are a contending team, and the knicks will do also….just wait

    • tata says:

      Melo is certainly offending Knicks fans.

    • pix says:

      melo is not the problem. its new york. new york sucks. d’antoni, melo, amare, billups shoud leave new york…. by the way im from new york… kings fan for life…

  20. mark says:

    why can’t the maloofs move to vegas? certainly they have the fan base( even just visitors) and the cash for a state of the art arena. why dilute a market that is already watered down. the clippers are barely on the radar( maybe griff can change that). from small market to no market? what is the nba thinking?

  21. Smelo SUCKS says:

    Every day its all been Knicks, Knicks, Knicks, what about the NUGGETS????? There 10-4 without SMELO!!

  22. Smelo SUCKS says:

    The Knicks have no future with SMELO!!!

    • J.cole says:

      Hater

      • johnny says:

        THE KINGS ARE LEAVING SACRAMENTO…DONT THEY HAVE THE BEST FANS IN THE NBA! SERIOUSLY WHY MOVE TO ANOTHER CITY WHERE IT HAS THE LAKERS AND CLIPPERS???? AND WHY SHOULD IT BE THE FANS FAULT IF THE MALOOFS PUT A GOOD TEAM TOGETHER THE FANS WILL DEFINITLEY COME! SO THEY EXPECT KINGS FANS TO GO TO THE GAMES WITH A TEAM THAT HASNT BEEN TO THE PLAYOFFS SINCE 05! SO THEY WANNA MOVE! ITS RIDICULOUS. AND THE HONDA CENTER WHICH THE KINGS WILL PLAY IN ISNT EVEN THAT MODERNIZE ITS COMPLETRE TRASH IN 5 OR SO YEARS THERE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.

    • Melo07 says:

      STFU!! U hater,whtt do u mean the melo has no future with the knicks their just on a little losing streak so dont talk

      • johnny says:

        THE KINGS ARE LEAVING SACRAEMTO…DONT THEY HAVE THE BEST FANS IN THE NBA! SERIOUSLY WHY MOVE TO ANOTHER CITY WHERE IT HAS THE LAKERS AND CLIPPERS???? AND WHY SHOULD IT BE THE FANS FAULT IF THE MALOOFS PUT A GOOD TEAM TOGETHER THE FANS WILL DEFINITLEY COME! SO THEY EXPECT KINGS FANS TO GO TO THE GAMES WITH A TEAM THAT HASNT BEEN TO THE PLAYOFFS SINCE 05! SO THEY WANNA MOVE! ITS RIDICULOUS. AND THE HONDA CENTER WHICH THE KINGS WILL PLAY IN ISNT EVEN THAT MODERNIZE ITS COMPLETRE TRASH IN 5 OR SO YEARS THERE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.

    • prix' says:

      who cares about the Kings…and everybody talking about Melo..lol…if the management dont want to spend better leave…what a city wants is the face of the franchise and a team that plays it best everynight…they dont care about win or lose…and it dont cost that much…