R.I.P. Sacramento Kings. Your fans deserved better.
After threatening to move their team to Anaheim, selling off their beer distributorship, getting an arena deal from Sacramento, expanding the Palms casino, selling the Palms casino, signing Lindsay Lohan’s sister to a record deal, backing out of the arena deal, and worst of all, drafting Jimmer Fredette, the Maloofs have sold the Kings to a Seattle ownership group, led by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and a Chris Hansen who doesn’t catch predators.
This has to be disappointing for Kings fans, who have continued to come out to games despite an economic downturn and some truly terrible post-Webber teams, while living under the threat of franchise relocation. Seattle fans have to be psyched to get basketball back, though they are going to have to stop complaining about Kevin Durant and the Thunder now that they’ve also stolen another city’s team. Of course, Kansas City and Rochester probably have very little sympathy for Sacramento.
Pour out some rakia into the river for Vlade Divac, listen to some Wayman Tisdale albums, and hang a Mitch Richmond jersey from the top of that weird ziggurat, for today, the cowbells clang a song of mourning.