As Kings Wrap Up 2013 Season, Mayor Prepares for NBA’s Decision
On the same night the Kings season came to a close, another year without making the post season, Mayor Kevin Johnson was gearing up for his own playoff.
“I think the advantage has to go to the home team,” the Mayor told a group of media at halftime of the Kings game with the L.A. Clippers.
Investor groups representing both Sacramento and Seattle will have to wait 2 to 3 more weeks to finally get a decision from the NBA’s Board of Governors on the Kings sale. League Commissioner David Stern made that announcement on Wednesday. He also said both Cities will have the opportunity to present their case one more time to the league’s relocation committee.
“What we put in has made the league think hard and long about a final decision,” the Mayor said. “We have a great story to tell, very compelling. I think owners know what this market means to the NBA.”
One thing for sure, Kings players know what the team means to the City.
“I know if we were to leave the City would be crushed,” said Guard Marcus Thornton after the game. “It’s the only team here, but unfortunately I’m still waiting like everyone else.”
“This is the biggest entertainment in Sacramento,” said Center DeMarcus Cousins. “Basically, we’re the pride and joy of this City.”