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Kings Ask NBA For Extension To Decide About Possible Relocation
Published February 25, 2011
KEEPING THE FAITH: Johnson on Thursday said that he was "upset that he had to hear the news via Google alert, rather than from the Kings themselves." Johnson: "I would have preferred a phone call in advance. Sacramento deserves better than this." In a press conference Thursday evening, Johnson "alternated between disappointment and defiance, saying he believes the Kings and the Sacramento community can still work something out." The mayor said that he and team officials "have arranged a meeting next Tuesday when he hopes both sides can explain where they stand and clear the air." Johnson also "called on the Kings to make good on their promise to turn over financial documents to Sacramento developer David Taylor, who along with arena builder ICON Venue Group was tapped by the city this spring to devise a financing plan for a new downtown arena" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/25).
SHOW OF SUPPORT: A SACRAMENTO BEE editorial notes a group of Kings fans is "pushing to sell out Monday night's home game" at Arco Arena. Their goal is to "revive the raucous, ear-numbing roar of Arco Arena when Sacramento was known throughout the country for its love of NBA ball." The editorial states, "We hope it works. Sacramento can't make a claim for keeping the Kings if its fans can't fill an arena, at least some of the time. ... While attendance at a single game is unlikely to influence the Maloofs' decision to relocate, it surely will send a message" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/25).