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George Maloof Surprised Kings Stayed In Sacramento, Skeptical About Future
Published May 17, 2011
THE KINGS AND I: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin noted Johnson will represent the Kings at tonight's NBA Draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J. Gavin Maloof said, "It was my idea, and when I ran it by the family, they all loved it. We thought it would make a great statement for the family and the organization and the city to have the mayor go to New York. Look, we all want the same thing. We want to put the past behind us. The mayor has enough of a burden on him. We all want to get a new arena and get back to where we were, back to winning.” Voisin wrote sending Johnson to the lottery is a "brilliant move, a shrewd gesture, a big-time play." The mayor "earned this," and he "absolutely deserves the stage" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 5/15).