"Hey David, how do you like our new 2% throwbacks?"
I'm a pessimist by nature. It's something I struggle with on a daily basis, but it's still there and probably always will be. When Mayor KJ went to New York last year I was convinced he was wasting his time and that the Maloof family had secured their one way ticket to Anaheim. When KJ got the BoG to take a second look at Sacramento I thought it was just a temporary reprieve. Then things started to fall into place, one after the other, and slowly my mood changed, culminating in the glorious evening where our city council voted 7-2 in favor of moving forward and I at last allowed sunshine to enter my soul unfettered. And then, of course, the Maloof family once again took a piss in our collective Cheerios.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the boys pulled something like this. It's not as if these fellows have the best track record in the world when it comes to being respectable businessmen, regardless of what their carrot topped hype man on 1140 continues to say. It would appear that David Stern is, at the very least, leaning towards our side on this matter, but reading Stern is a fools errand. I don't know why, but this time the BoG meeting feels different to me. This time we know we've done everything the NBA has asked us to do. This time we know we have a reasonably clear path to a new ESC. This time, however, we don't have the shock and awe of KJ storming the room and knocking the BoG's collective dicks in the dirt and wowing everyone. They've seen it. They know what he's done and what he's capable of doing. This time, I'm worried. Fine, I'll admit it.
I'm scared that even though we've done everything, met every goal along the way, that it might not end up being enough. I'm worried that enough of the Maloof's fellow owners will support them in their desire to operate their team how and where they wish to. I'm worried that despite everything that's been done, all the work, all the sleepless nights, all the tears shed, all of the effort that went into making the Kings being in Sacramento for the 2011/2012 season a reality, in the end we can still end up losing our team because three dip shits don't have a high enough business acumen to figure out how to make money in a market they own with zero local competition.
I'm scared. Are you?