Will the NBA suddenly reverse course on a history of support for Sacramento?

One of the biggest problems I see with the idea that the NBA will take the plunge and move the Kings to Seattle is recent history suggests a different course for the NBA. The league has been a massive supporter of the Sacramento Kings in many ways over the past few years. To pull a 180 on that path of support would be shocking and, in my opinion, very unlikely. Instead, I see them looking at this as an opportunity to remove the roadblock known as the Maloofs to finally accomplish the goal they've had for Sacramento: get a new arena.

Let's not forget the recent public support for Sacramento:

  • Stern was on the ground as early as December 2006 to begin arena talks with the city government of his "model" franchise.
  • Stern has always publicly supported Sacramento. From 2006: "The Kings and Sacramento are an NBA success story and I'm not interested in seeing the success end in failure," Stern said. "We don't accept that."
  • After the 2011 Anaheim debacle, NBA marketing employees hit the ground in Sacramento to get the franchise back in order after the Maloofs semi-scorching of the fanbase.
  • The league has reportedly allowed the Maloofs to use their league credit line to the maximum north of $100 million.
  • The NBA planned to contribute $74 million in loans and cash to the 2012 arena deal, which Stern personally helped negotiate.
That last point is critical. Just over a year ago, the city and NBA were fully committed to an arena plan in Sacramento. NBA basketball would be present in Sacramento for at least another generation. Does anyone think that 14 months later the league will have a totally different perspective on this issue than what the commissioner has personally been fighting 7 years for? I see the Maloofs selling as an opportunity that Stern has been hoping to see unfold for a very long time. Now the time is here and seeing him and the league changing course seem unlikely, despite the theater of the last 4 months.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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