A little over a month ago, my family and I moved back to Sacramento after 25 years away. Just last week, I took my son to his 1st Kings game (against the Jazz) and my wife to the "Here We Stay" game against the Thunder. I was born in Sacramento and lived here until I was 14. My last year here, was the Kings first year in Sacramento. My family and I went to many games that year. I fell in love with the NBA and the Sacramento Kings.
Over the past 25 years, I have lived all over the county...including many cities with NBA teams, but I never stopped loving the Kings. As the arena issue has become more and more pressing, I have told many of my friends and family members (especially those "fans" that were supportive in the Webber/Divac years but have jumped on the ambivalence bandwagon more recently) that the Kings were going to leave and I would not blame the Maloofs when they finally did move the team. You see, I have a bachelors in Athletic Administration (i.e. Sports Management), worked for several minor and major league franchises in my younger life including a (different) NBA team, and believe that I have a different perspective than the average fan. I tend to see the business side more readily than most.
Well, here we sit on the precipice of exactly the thing I have been predicting. The Kings seem to be preparing to play their final game in Sacramento. And I've realized that I can not practice what I've been preaching for years now. Despite understanding that from a purely business standpoint this move SHOULD be made, I DO AND WILL hold moving the Kings to Anaheim against the Maloofs. I can't stand the fact I will (most likely) never see another Sacramento Kings game again.
Which brings me to the title of my post. I have read many ideas about how to voice our frustration of our beloved Kings leaving, but none seemed to really put the exclamation point that my feelings needed.
Truth be told, I am somewhat of a gambler. I have spent many hours (and dollars) at the Palms. I felt a kinship to the place because of my love for the Kings. I have been there watching some big games over the years with many fellow Kings fans. It occurred to me that this could be the answer that I was looking for. How many people live in the Sacramento area now a days? I must admit that I don't know that answer, but I know enough that if WE never spent another penny in the Palms that the Maloofs would know and FEEL our frustration, especially given their current economic plight. Why should/would we support another business owned by the people who took our Kings?
I'll tell you one thing...When this move finally goes through, I'll never spend another minute or penny inside the Palms...No matter how many times the Maloofs offer to mow my lawn.
If you agree with these ideas and feelings pass it on to your friends and family. Call it a protest. Call it a boycot. Call it whatever you want. Help me make sure that NO SACRAMENTO FAN OR AREA RESIDENT EVER SPEND A DIME AT THE PALMS AGAIN!