We in Sacramento have a small market complex. So I put on a view like Vivek, someone who dreams big and super successful. Here is what I think he might see.
Vivek would not have invested the type of money he did into this team so he could own a small market team. When Vivek bought this team Sacramento instantly became the first true global team. In that sense we have the biggest competitive edge of any team in the league. But before I expand on that thought, the idea of the arena project is MUCH larger than basketball. Along with that deal is coming along not one, but several billionaires with HUGE ideas. So while we can get excited about the state of the art new arena, the arena is just a small component of what is to come. This city will never be the same.
What is to come. Around the arena will be huge hotel, entertainment and business districts. Downtown is where people will be. What is being forgotten and should not be forgotten is the Sleep Train site. Vivek owns that, and I believe a MAJOR high ted company will move into that site. It will become the first of many too. With the land around the airport just sitting empty, a booming downtown, and a major new tech firm in that area (when Vivek sells and announces it) the Sacramento area will no longer be a market that people will say is missing corporate dollars. In addition the influx of major corporations will bring other opportunities. Don't count out the MLB in the 2016-2020 taking a serious look at Sacramento (I hate baseball, but Sacramento won't be a single sport city after the Vivek group gets done).
Not to mention what this new arena will house when the arena and the surrounding development is done. Sacramento will get the NCAA back and so much more. We will have a political convention held here, and soon (I hate politics, but those events bring major dollars), All-Star games, and Tahoe will feature this arena as part of a bid for a future winter Olympics. Major acts will flock to perform at the new Arena too. Sacramento will no longer be a blimp on the map, we will be a major player.
But back to the Kings specifically. Vivek has no intention of the Kings being a single city team. India is where the real competitive advantage is. Make no mistake, no team can make a pitch like Sacramento can right now. And I will say it right now, even though everyone here will say I'm insane, the Kings will not only pitch to Lebron to sign here, I actually think if he leaves Miami Sacramento will be the only place he would leave for. Why? Sacramento can offer Lebron a global offer that will far outdo anything any other team. Sure the players salaries are large, but where the major stars make most their money is outside of contract of the NBA. Vivek will tell Lebron he will own India. India loves its stars (see Bollywood) but Lebron will be a true global presence he can never be in Miami. The money Lebron could make in that country as the star of India's team, the Sacramento Kings can far surpass anything any other basketball team can offer. And follow me on this.....
If the Sacramento Kings develop both Cousins and McLemore to their potential the team will instantly become very attractive to Lebron. Not only those players but if we retain IT and some of the other pieces of the puzzle remain strong, Sacramento will be a great situation for a star to step into. A young emerging group of players, a new arena in an energized growing city, and a team that has a direct link in a new super huge international market. What other team can offer that (and I know someone will say the Nets, but Russia is a much different set of circumstances than India). So anything short of a Chinese billionaire buying a team Sacramento is in the driver's seat from here on out.
So we ride out this season with the Small Forwards we have and hope that the young players emerge during this season. Next year huge things are going to happen for this city and this team. Some how Sacramento weathered the terrible storm of the last 7 years and have come out on the other side as THE team and the city of the future. Not good, but unbelievably GREAT things are in the not so distant future. We are living in amazing times to be here people, and we will look back and laugh at the time we considered ourselves a "small market" team.