When Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson dropped a “Rock” sized bomb at the State of the City address, longtime Kings fans celebrated Mitch Richmond’s effort to help keep the team.
Thursday, they thanked him in person at Firestone Public House.
“It’s great to see an old basketball star from back in the day, supporting this arena project, really using his star power to invigorate potential new investors and people to support the community,” said Kings fan Daniel Mueller.
During a sit-down interview with reporters, Richmond said it was Johnson who contacted him to join the local ownership group ponying up a million dollars apiece to try and keep the team in Sacramento.
“It’s a city that really gave me a lot. There was a time when I was traded from the Golden State Warriors and wasn’t happy about it, but this city, this team, the fans really stood behind me,” Richmond said.
The six-team NBA All-Star and current candidate for the Hall of Fame says he was looking for a project.
“I had a lot free time, so I was trying to find something to do and this is very important to me, because I’ve been checking up on the Kings, watching the game, trying to find a way to give back,” he said.
Richmond says he’s optimistic about keeping the team and keeping a place for his legacy, “I played here 7 years. Once you play and once you’re a King, you’re always a King.”