Sacramento Kings Arena Saga: And Now For Another Hairpin Turn

March 30, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Three young fans watch the Sacramento Kings warm up prior to a game against the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

We've had about a dozen of these now, huh? These hairpin turns upon which the future of the Sacramento Kings is determined by whether four wheels stay down, during which the probability of the whole thing flying into a wall and ending in a fiery crash grows and grows. The stakes are consistently raised to new highs, an unavoidable result of the importance of the decisions made.

That one party seems to be willfully trying to throw it into that wall makes it all the more dangerous, terrifying and exhausting.

But here we are, depending on some combination of reason and power to deliver us another victory. The Maloofs will tell the other NBA owners this afternoon that they never agreed to any of these details that are proving problematic. They will accuse the city of being a bad partner, and they'll probably present this letter from the business leaders calling for their ouster as proof. They'll try to get out of their commitment.

The question is whether David Stern will let them. I ran through the situation and the NBA's options and limitations in a piece at SBNation.com this morning. It's a lot less cut and dry than we'd all hope, though I get a sense that most of us are more cautiously optimistic than unreasonably expectant. We'll know soon enough, though possibly not until Friday, which way this is headed, even if we don't have final resolution for another week.

Use this as an open thread for any reports out of New York.

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