HoopsHype Kevin Johnson rumors

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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Chris Hansen: I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred. SonicsArena.com

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed. The announcement at a City Hall rally brings to an end nearly five months of maneuvering by Johnson to secure a new ownership group, convince the council to commit to building a new downtown arena, and to show the NBA that the capitol city of the most populous state in the nation has the fan base to make the venture successful. ESPN.com

The mayor was conciliatory toward Seattle, but said he focused throughout the negotiations on promoting Sacramento as thriving city with 19 sellout seasons, one of the longest streaks in the NBA. "Seattle is a great city and we want them to get a team. For us, it was never a competition. It was about our community telling our story," Johnson said, adding: "It's about not letting someone take something that's not theirs." ESPN.com

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The Mayor will make a presentation in Dallas, Texas for tomorrow's National Basketball Association Board of Governors' meeting. Johnson says he is confident the NBA owners will vote to keep the team in Sacramento in spite of a recent bid increase for the team made by the Seattle group, "We have been told by the NBA early on this would not be a bidding war and I think there's something that does a disservice to the process and the NBA if you're just gonna always sell to the highest bidder. I mean, what would tell every other small and medium-sized market that "You always have to worry about your franchise." That's not the nature and the spirit of the NBA." Capital Public Radio

As he prepared to board a plane for the NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Tuesday told reporters the Maloofs have not closed the door on making a deal with a group that would keep the Kings in town. "We're holding our breath as a city," Johnson said at a short press briefing at Sacramento International Airport. Sacramento Bee

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