I haven't listened to much of the Maloof Mea Culpa that has been taking place since the Maloofs decided/were forced to stay in Sacramento while mentioning the conditions of said decision every single time they mention it, but I've heard the main thrust of their argument. Their frustration with a sluggish City government forced them to look at other options to keep their business viable. I can understand that. Business is business and cash rules everything around us. But then they drop their doozy of a defense mechanism by daring us to put ourselves in their shoes and ask "What would you do if you were a Maloof?" On the day of the big Here We Rally...er... rally, at which the Maloofs are allegedly going to speak, I've decided to answer that question.
The obvious answer for me is "I would have been more involved than the Maloofs have been recently in getting arena discussions moving again." As Ziller has pointed out a few times, all was quiet on the Maloof Sports and Entertainment front after they turned the reins over to the NBA and their incredibly simple convergence plan. Arena talks had slowed to a crawl because the Maloofs themselves said as recently as a year ago that a new facility wasn't at the top of the priority list. Of course, things changed and a lucrative television contract in a bigger market became available, thus pushing the arena issue higher up the priority list. Only this time it became an excuse to leave. As much as it pains me as a fan, I can't blame them for wanting to go somewhere else to make more money. My sticking point has always been how we were informed that those priorities had been rearranged.
One thing Grant Napear had always clung to when people would bash the Maloofs was that they never actually threatened to move the team if a new facility wasn't built. To their credit, he's right. There was always the implication that if a new Arena wasn't built the franchise would explore their opitions, but The Maloofs never said "Build a new Arena or we're moving". Problem is, when they tried to move, the skipped the whole holding the City hostage thing. They just tried to leave. We ended up finding out from a David Stern press conference during All Star weekend. One day it's just the All Star break and we're discussing the rest Reke's foot is getting, next thing we know we're getting Irsay'd for SoCal and we have 20 home games left, possibly ever. Business is business, but that was a total dick move.
All of this is just a long way of repeating my obvious answer. If I were a Maloof and loved the fans as much as they claim they do, I would have put forth more effort in driving arena talks after the NBA's plan predictably was killed by Cal Expo. More specifically, I would have at least had the common decency to threaten my fan base to show we were serious this time. We've earned at least that much.