Quite frankly, i am tired of desperately chasing the Maloofs around and begging them to stay like the fat kid going after the prom queen. We have been tripping over ourselves trying to convince them to stay. Clearly, that response is not working, as (as much as it breaks my heart to say) all signs point to the Maloofs doing everything in their power to move on. It is time for a change of course. Time for a new strategy. We need to focus on the other NBA owners and make it clear that allowing the move will be a public relations disaster. We need to make it clear that we will not have dirt kicked in our face and continue to take it.
I propose the following response: At the 6 minutes mark in the second quarter of the April 11 Oklahoma City game, we stage a stadium-wide walk out. Literally every single fan in the stadium should rise at the 6 minute mark (while the game is going) and head for the exits. In a single symbolic gesture, turn the tables on the Maloofs. Make them sit there without any fans and let them see how it feels to be walked out on. At the same time, let the NBA get an idea of how the move will effect their hold on the Sacramento market. Make the NBA take notice that they will be losing a major market forever. For the remaining 2 and a half quarters, let the Kings and Thunder play in front of literally 0 fans. Imagine the Sportscenter highlights. Imagine watching the Maloofs squirm (or more accurately, fail to show up).
Do I think this will actually save the Kings? No, probably not, but I think it is a better plan that continuing along the course that we have been on. Moreover, it allows us to say goodbye with some quiet dignity. We should not sit there and desperately and longingly watch as the Kings leave town.
I proposed the April 11 game because it is the second to last game of the season. The last game of the season (Lakers), should be a time of celebrating the times that we had with the Kings, not one of protest. I wholeheartedly invite everyone to attend that game and thank the Kings for all of the memories.