Fan Reaction to Kings Relocation Rumors Mixed
The media rushed around all day Wednesday, trying to confirm a tweet that stated the Kings were sold and moving to Seattle.
But some fans didn’t need conformation; they believed the rumors and were glad to see the Kings go.
“I think they need to get out of here. I think they have kind of given up on the community a long time ago. I am looking forward to them getting out, ” said Charles Walty.
“I am kind of glad they are leaving because they weren’t winning games,” added Demarco Townsand.
So if the Kings’ fairy tale in Sacramento is over, it doesn’t mean people want Sleep Train Arena left empty; they want the city to court a new basketball dynasty.
“The community embraces sports and we are a great community to have a team. I just hope somebody comes,” said Walty.
Others are saying keep the Kings, just get rid of their current owners.
“I do blame the Maloofs. They are going to lose a lot of people who have been dedicated to the Sacramento Kings, and I mean for years.” said Whitman Mitchem.
With all this drama, how is the team focusing on their preparation for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks?
“Well, obviously, it’s not the type of distraction that’s good,” said power forward Jason Thompson.
Coach Keith Smart admits there was a lot of talk about the relocation rumors, but he kept the team on point by adding practice time to the clock for every comment made.
“These things have an effect all around, players have friends, coaches have friends, families, everyone calling whats to know whats going on. As coaches and players, you say we have to focus on what we can possibly control,” Smart said.
Players aren’t looking at potentially leaving Sacramento as a good thing. Jason Thompson was drafted by the Kings and wants to play for the Kings.
“But at the end of the day, we love it here, in this city, until you officially tell me that I have to move out of my house, it’s when you know its official,” said Thompson.
Until that time, the team is preparing for games not for more rumors.