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Kings Co-Owner George Maloof Meets With Virginia Officials Regarding Potential Move
Published November 9, 2012
TRUST ISSUES? USA TODAY's Sam Amick notes the Maloof family "has said consistently that they don't want to sell." But the "mistrust in the Maloofs runs deep in these parts, and so the tension remains in what has become a most awkward arrangement between a once-beloved team and its city." Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said, "All things being considered, I would like to believe that (the Maloofs) have a change of heart and are willing to reconsider selling at a fair price and that they would give us a chance to keep the team here in Sacramento." But Amick writes what is "real is the fact that the continued absence of viable options locally makes it all the more likely that the Kings could be on the move." At this point, the "widely held view in NBA circles is that a team will return to Seattle sooner rather than later." Other cities also are "surely trying to lure the Kings." If the Kings are to stay in Sacramento, "something has to be done about their venue." Sleep Train Arena is "seemingly falling apart before everyone's eyes." Kings fans were once "among the best in the league," but now, "not so much." A sellout crowd of 17,317 attended the Kings' home opener against the Warriors on Monday, "only to be followed by a dismal turnout" of 10,185 for Wednesday's game against the Pistons (USA TODAY, 11/9).