HoopsHype Kevin Johnson rumors

April 12, 2014 Updates

To insure that the NBPA has an Executive Director in place before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, an impressive search committee has been assembled to speed up the process. According to a league source, the Search Committee members include Kevin Johnson (chairman and Sacramento Mayor), Sonja Henning, James W. Quinn, David Drummond, Troy Carter, Ulysses Lee Bridgeman and Charles A, Tribbett III. CSNNW.com

April 7, 2014 Updates
April 3, 2014 Updates

The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though maybe the former will get marginally better). Advice: Never predict who will be enshrined, and don’t dwell on who should be enshrined. It doesn’t make sense and won’t make sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to honor those elected in what’s still a huge honor. Five former NBA players were finalists this year, and two were reportedly elected. In: Alonzo Mourning Mitch Richmond Out: Tim Hardaway Kevin Johnson Spencer Haywood NBCSports.com

April 2, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

Q: Were you as surprised as the rest of us when the Seattle thing didn't go through? Phil Jackson: No. Q: How come? Phil Jackson: I have inside information. Q: But was there a point when you thought it was leaning that way? Phil Jackson: Yes, when Chris was able to purchase the Maloofs' interests. I was (convinced it would happen) until I was told there was that opening in the buyout where somebody else could come in and purchase it from a local group. And being a guy who likes (Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star) Kevin Johnson — even though we had a lot of run-ups against Kevin when he was playing — I highly respect what he tried to do and how he was able to save that for the community. Whether that's a good deal or not is still to be determined. USA Today Sports

February 15, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on being named a finalist for the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame: Via official statement from his office: “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as a finalist for the Hall of Fame and I am sincerely humbled. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the Committee for all of the hard work and effort we all put into the game. To be considered along with three great peers of mine, Tim (Hardaway), (Alonzo Mourning, and (Mitch Richmond), as well as (Spencer Haywood), is icing on the cake,” said Johnson. Sulia

February 6, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2013 Updates

In a scene reminiscent of other rallies throughout the three-year saga to keep the Kings in Sacramento, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced Thursday the launch of a political campaign aimed at defeating a June ballot measure that would require voter approval of subsidies to sports arenas. Flanked by labor, business and political leaders from throughout the city and region, Johnson said the new group – called The4000 – would work to protect the planned Downtown Plaza arena project, which he called a “once-in-a-lifetime economic game-changer that has an opportunity to transform downtown forever.” Sacramento Bee

December 10, 2013 Updates

Johnson said an analysis by pro-arena interests determined that 94 percent of the money that supported the signature-gathering campaign came from people and groups outside the city of Sacramento. “Our community is ready to fight, especially when attacked from outside our community,” the mayor said. “We’re not going to be fooled. We’ve been here before.” Sacramento Bee

September 27, 2013 Updates

While speaking with league sources about the four-year contract extension DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to with the Kings in principle, I learned another interesting bit of information: NBA Commissioner David Stern plans to attend the Kings home/season opener Oct. 30 at Sleep Train Arena. I am assuming Stern will be in Miami the previous night for the championship ring ceremony at the Heat-Bulls game, and then just hop onto his private jet for the 3,000-mile flight to California. No one should be surprised. Keeping the Kings in Sacramento has been on Stern's 'to do" list for at least a decade. And, obviously, his relationship with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, and former Golden State Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive - who had been itching to become a majority partner - facilitated the sale of the team and the proposed downtown arena. After this ordeal, there is no way the Commissioner, who retires Feb. 1, misses out on the emotional opening night celebration. Sacramento Bee

September 21, 2013 Updates

A new book shows the inside story of how Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson kept the Sacramento Kings in town. The book, is by the former special assistant to Johnson, who says the mayor cared about the Sacramento economy, not the team. “Kevin Johnson hates the Kings,” said author R.E. Graswich. “He still holds a grudge from 1987 when they drafted Kenny Smith one spot ahead of Kevin Johnson.” CBS Sacramento

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The ad reads: “Thank you Sacramento for 15 wonderful years! The amazing memories created during these past seasons were because of you, the fans, and our dedicated employees. We truly cherish our time as stewards of the Kings franchise. The people of Sacramento warmly brought the Kings into their hearts and for that we will always be grateful. Many thanks to Bob Hernreich and our partners Bud Benvenuti, John Kehriotis, and Dave Lucchetti for their support and commitment to the Kings franchise. We also recognize Mayor Kevin Johnson, the City Council, and the City of Sacramento staff for their efforts and their loyalty to the people of Sacramento. We wish the new ownership group, led by Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov, all the best. We will always love the Kings and we will always be Kings fans. GO KINGS! The Maloof family” For The Win

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