Another NBA player has thrown his support behind the Kings staying in Sacramento.
Before his Phoenix Suns defeated the Kings 106-96 in Sacramento on Wednesday, Jared Dudley tweeted the following:
“I hope Sac gets to keep there (sic) team here!!! But I do think its (sic) time for a new arena lol.. I would love to see Seattle get an expansion team!”
After the game, I caught up with the San Diego native to see if he would elaborate on that statement. Here is what he had to say.
On the Kings fans:
“I remember the days when they had Vlade [Divac] and C-Webb [Chris Webber], and obviously the crowd there. And obviously the management probably has to do a better job of getting a product for the fans to come out; but great fan base, one of the best in the NBA, it’s kind of a OKC-type. I think they should have basketball here…Growing up always watching the Lakers on TV, at that time, there wasn’t a better home court advantage, you know, the Kings, the cowbells and, you know, this arena can get really, really loud and I think it would be a good thing if they kept the team.”
On the need for a new arena:
“It would be a good transition of getting a new arena and if there was new investors coming in [and] working out a plan…I think the next thing if they stay here, [they] definitely have to get an arena. I remember in high school my state championship games were here and it was bad then. But definitely they should stay, KJ, the mayor [Kevin Johnson] is doing everything he can.”
“In Seattle, my hope is we can do an expansion team…I think people want a team in Seattle because obviously people like going to Seattle. For the most part, I mean with Sacramento it’s not really a hot city and that’s where I think you need basketball; like the OKC’s and Portland’s – basketball is it. And I think if you take that away, I just think it would be devastating to the economy.”