(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. AP photos planned. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer The moment will be seared into the minds of long-suffering Sacramento Kings fans forever.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof standing together at center court, holding hands and raising their arms in triumph after both sides agreed to an arena financing plan to keep the NBA team in town for at least another 30 years.
''There's going to be a beacon of light shining bright in 2015 - a brand new arena,'' a teary eyed Gavin Maloof told a raucous crowd during a timeout in a win over the Utah Jazz on Feb. 28, 2012. ''We still love you. We always loved you, and we always will love you.''
Hugs and handshakes followed, and the relocation chatter that had surrounded the Kings for years finally seemed to be silenced. Instead, barely a month passed before the Maloof brothers backed out of the handshake deal - which NBA Commissioner David Stern had neg...