Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/15/13

“Moooooom, George Maloof Jr. won’t come out of the closet!” The full NBA board of governors, following the unanimous vote by the league’s relocation committee to reject the Maloof family’s bid to sell the Kings and move them out of Sacramento, voted down relocation 22-8 on Wednesday. George Maloof, of the family that owns majority control of the Kings (for now), then avoided reporters at the Dallas hotel where the vote took place the same way any of us would: By running and hiding in a closet. Kings fan blog Sactown Royalty captured the emotion of the vote, and the absurdity of the aftermath, in an entertaining Twitter blow-by-blow. Stern reporting the NBA BOG voted to reject the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle!— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 Media just chased George Maloof into the Bell Stand closet!!! UNREAL!!— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 He is in a closet guys!!!— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 Guys, I don’t make up who gets chased across a hotel lobby into a bell check closet. I’m not that awesome!— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 George opened the door for a second and closed when he saw this! http://t.co/fG8iVw5xzP— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 RT “@BrianMFloyd: George Maloof is using a baggage closet as an office now. Can't even make this stuff up” he’s still in there!— Sactown Royalty (@sactownroyalty) May 15, 2013 Maloof eventually came out and spoke with Sacramento governor Kevin Johnson and a few others. No matter Maloof’s reasoning for retreating to a closet, the moment was a fitting epilogue to what has been a sloppy (presumed) end to the Maloof’s reign in Sacramento. Check out @SactownRoyalty‘s timeline for the full, highly entertaining developments of the day. Thumbnail via Twitter/@Sactownroyalty

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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