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Can Larry Ellison's $41 billion save the Kings?

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08:06 AM ET 01.25 | With momentum leaning in the direction of Seattle, can Sacramento's NBA franchise be saved? The Maloofs' plan to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group ran into a pair of hurdles Thursday -- a possible counteroffer from America's third richest man and a potential legal challenge from at least one of the Maloofs' own limited partners. Larry Ellison, one of the titans of Silicon Valley, is expected to meet soon with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson about the Kings situation, according to Kings minority owner Bob Cook. With Cook complaining the Maloofs have improperly shut limited partners out of the bidding, Ellison's potential interest in the team ramps up the drama even higher. The software tycoon is worth $41 billion and was an unsuccessful bidder for the Golden State Warriors in 2010.

The Sacramento Bee

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January 25, 2013  08:32 AM ET

A fool and his money

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January 25, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Do You Have A Memory Leak, Bro?

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January 25, 2013  11:42 AM ET

FIGHT...FIGHT *crowd gathers to watch*

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January 25, 2013  01:10 PM ET

Is it really going to take $41 billion to save the Kings? I mean, just how bad are they?

January 25, 2013  01:12 PM ET
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If this guy is determined to own a team then the 2nd time around could be the charm. This is great news for Sacramento. Anyways, I thought it was already official that Seattle bought the team? If this lingers into allstar break then there is a chance that the Kings will still be in Sacramento.

If the Kings stay in Sacramento, it should be interesting what the group in Seattle will do. They've got the $$ and the market, I wonder what team will be moving there?

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January 25, 2013  01:24 PM ET
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And that makes him qualified to own an NBA franchise? On second thought, he could buy the Kings and move them to Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Kings? Catchy.

January 25, 2013  02:00 PM ET
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Do You Have A Memory Leak, Bro?

LOL ! Well played, Jack. Well played.

 
January 26, 2013  02:09 AM ET
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The Hawaiian Kings? Catchy.

The Hawaiian Kahuna's? Even better

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