The title...yeah that's pretty much the short version.
The Maloofs don't want to be in Sacramento. They are backtracking away from a deal they said they were comfortable with. Now they are faced with the reality that the Kings will no longer be theirs. Except, the Family has refused to accept it and will fight to the bitter end.
What will this all mean? It will likely cost the Maloofs the money, the franchise itself, and they will likely lose it all fairly quickly. What can the NBA do? Little in most likelihood. Even with the Maloofs maxed out on their credit line with the NBA, it's doubtful the NBA can call it all in right now. As long as the Maloofs are not in default, it's going to be difficult to force them out.
On the other hand, the Maloofs need the NBA's permission to move and I sincerely doubt that.
Earlier today, Wendell Maxey of Crossover Chronicles (Bloguins NBA blog) wrote a piece stating that David Stern and the NBA need to clean up the situation. Unfortunately, the Maloofs don't wish to exit gracefully which is a shame on a number of fronts.
My sincere hope is that the Maloofs don't show up in Sacramento because they couldn't be any lower. My sincere hope is that fans don't throw things at them, or do more than boo. i hope anyone reading this remembers that the NBA isn't just watching the Maloofs (as they have to) but the fans reaction to all this. Boo all you want, that's your right as a paying customer, but don't throw things at the Maloofs or anyone else. Keep composed. This fight is far from over. The Maloofs just played their desperate cards, and in all likelihood this mess will be cleaned up soon.
The only question that remains will the NBA fight the Maloofs and keep the arena financing mechanism on track. I hope the NBA does, for all parties sake, but I'm not hopeful at this point.
There is no question that after today's ill-fated comical presser in New York, George Maloof is a bond villian, and that any future relationship with the Maloofs and Sacramento is 100% dead. It's over now for good. The question remains: Where do the Kings land?
I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best. That's all there is at this point.
And won't next season be a treat? Another bad team, this time playing in front of tens of thousands of empty seats, with the maloofs not spending a dime more than they have to on the team. The only way it gets shittier is when their relocation bid is approved, probably as early as this time next year. No light at the end of the tunnel due to budget constraints. As problematic as it is, i still feel anaheim is where they'll end up.
@outrider Yeah. I like what Bryan @ ARoyalPain said about this possibly being a ruse to get a better deal from Sac. There is a possibility that's true but I think they want to be in Anaheim so they can continue to own the team becuz the revenue can support their ownership. They are delusional but yeah. The Maloofs are losing ownership; It's just a matter of time until they break. They are close now I suspect.
Man... this entire situation sounds like a total epic disaster. Damn man, I feel for you guys. It's just not right what the MaGoofs are doing and they don't deserve to own a team. What a complete joke. The TWolves have been decimated by injuries like no one else in the league this year, but I feel almost as bad for you fans and your team as well.
@CollegeWolf The ironic thing is I blamed David Stern for Rubio's knee injury, and now I hope David Stern can save the team that's played it's home game in the city I grew up in.
Irony is truly ironic.