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.