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Surprise savior scenario surfaces in Sacramento

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08:10 AM ET 04.15 | Kings fans may be wondering whether this is too good to be true. Armed with an electrifying proposal from two wealthy California power brokers, Sacramento made a bid Thursday to keep the NBA in the city. Southern California supermarket tycoon Ronald Burkle, in partnership with well-connected Sacramento lobbyist and developer Darius Anderson, emerged as last-minute potential saviors of the NBA in Sacramento. The duo said they would lead a group that could purchase the Kings -- or buy another team for the city should the Kings move to Anaheim. Burkle's dramatic emergence turned the saga of the Kings completely upside down. Anderson, accompanied by Mayor Kevin Johnson and arena developer Tim Romani, essentially presented Burkle's credentials to the NBA board of governors. The board on Thursday began two days of meetings in New York's exclusive St. Regis Hotel to deal with the Kings' future and other matters.

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April 15, 2011  08:29 AM ET

The Kings need to get their season ticket holders on board, or they will still move.

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April 15, 2011  09:41 AM ET

i'm pretty sure they'll get more season ticket holders in sacramento than in LA. just ask the clips.

April 15, 2011  09:45 AM ET

hahaha... no article about a savior is complete without a photo of the haitian sensation, sammy d!

April 15, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Are cowbells music to your ears, Bros?

April 15, 2011  10:41 AM ET

doubtful. only savior for them would be stern blocking the move to so cal but thats doubtful as well.

April 15, 2011  10:43 AM ET

It doesn't matter where they play. They're the Kings--they will continue having problems getting fan support until they begin building a winner.

April 15, 2011  11:39 AM ET

i live in la so wheather they stay or go i rep my kings

April 15, 2011  12:08 PM ET
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It doesn't matter where they play. They're the Kings--they will continue having problems getting fan support until they begin building a winner.

fan support ? what planet are you from? The kings fans supported the team win or lose. it was the local politicians who were indifferent. The fans always supported the team. They sold out Arco more seasons then most teams in the last 25 years...and they made the playoffs 8 years in a row.

April 15, 2011  12:25 PM ET

hope someone is there next year

April 15, 2011  12:55 PM ET

It just makes no sense to have one market with 3 basketball teams. Its oversaturation take heed from the many starbucks that have closed suddenly. Dont do it!

April 15, 2011  01:14 PM ET

or buy another team for the city should the Kings move to Anaheim.....

Let the losing Kings / Royals move ...

buy & move NOH from the NBA .... Sacramento Hornets with CP3 !

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April 15, 2011  02:21 PM ET

For starters, Orange County is NOT Los Angeles!!! We work hard to not be as trashy as drive-by county. Also, if the Kings fans are so in love with their team, why did they not vote for a new arena? Move them to OC and lets get the Clippers out of So Cal, period!!!

April 15, 2011  02:37 PM ET
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For starters, Orange County is NOT Los Angeles!!! We work hard to not be as trashy as drive-by county. Also, if the Kings fans are so in love with their team, why did they not vote for a new arena? Move them to OC and lets get the Clippers out of So Cal, period!!!

just because you love a team doesn't mean you as the residents want to pay and fund a Billionaire's new arena soo he can make even more $$$$.

April 15, 2011  03:22 PM ET

It isn't about location, it is about the quality of the product. "If you build (a winner) they will come."

That said, come on down to So Cali, boys--I am already on the season tix holder waiting list.

April 15, 2011  04:32 PM ET

I saw a clip with the announcers talking after the game, made me tear up a bit :P But seriously, it was sad.

April 15, 2011  04:50 PM ET
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For starters, Orange County is NOT Los Angeles!!! We work hard to not be as trashy as drive-by county. Also, if the Kings fans are so in love with their team, why did they not vote for a new arena? Move them to OC and lets get the Clippers out of So Cal, period!!!

Yeah...I see the 'class' that ALL O.C. residents have. I'm a L.A. area resident and can assure you that not all of LA County is as you described nor is O.C. as perfect as you make it to be. For your first post, 'fail'.

 
April 15, 2011  04:57 PM ET
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Yeah...I see the 'class' that ALL O.C. residents have. I'm a L.A. area resident and can assure you that not all of LA County is as you described nor is O.C. as perfect as you make it to be. For your first post, 'fail'.

YEP! i reside in la too. not soo fond of most OC residents either. too smug like that poster

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