The Seattle Kings?
My hometown NBA franchise, the Sacramento Kings, announced earlier today that a sale to an investor in Seattle is in the works. The NBA acknowledged the upcoming sale, pending approval of the league and its owners. The move could take place prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season.
I don’t want the Kings to leave Sacramento. They are the only major professional sports team this city has. My family loves going to Kings’ games and loves watching them on TV. I’m sorry, but we just won’t be as loyal to a team that moves two states away.
Admittedly, I’ve not been that impressed with the team’s ownership. The Maloof family has always seemed a bit immature to me. I can’t really put my finger on a more accurate description. Sorry. It has just never felt like a good fit to me – The Maloofs and NBA ownership.
Plus as a resident of Sacramento County California I have always been opposed to having my taxes raised to pay for a new arena. Sleep Train Arena, formerly (and still always referred to by my family as) Arco Arena, is a perfectly legitimate facility for an NBA franchise.
These are the only two reasons I am not sorry to see the Kings rule elsewhere. These are mental reasons, logical reasons.
Emotionally, I will miss my team, even if they were subpar. I will miss chanting “defense” in the crowd with my son. I will miss the excitement of watching Jimmer Fredette hit a bunch of 3s. I will miss our family outings to see the Kings in their court.
Yes, even after they move to Seattle and separate themselves from my family, the Kings may still rule for a while in my heart.