Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare
Yesterday I asked that we openly and publicly forgive the Redacted 2.0 (since I will never say their names again) as an honest effort to expedite their willingness to back out of their Agreement with the Seattle Ownership Group and rightfully sign with the Sacramento Ownership Group. Many of you puked on the idea of giving any conciliatory response to that family and I am empathetic to the logic that death and dismemberment would be a more appropriate populous course of action than forgiveness and contrition. I concede the point. However, I believe many here are too trusting that this battle is over.
You can only trust yourself... and barely that. ~Paige Wilson
On May 15th, many of you expect the following logical progression give or take a benign wrinkle or two. The NBA BoG Meeting convenes, they vote against Relocation. Next, the vote to sell the Kings
to the Seattle Group with no approved Arena Plan in Sacramento contained therein is also voted against. Check mate, STR becomes a hot mess of drunken happiness with dancing dogs and applause videos crashing the STR site right? Hold the phone! You falsely assume the saga at that point will be over since the Redacted 2.0 will mechanically back out of their Agreement with the Seattle Ownership Group and with the same pen in the presence of all parties sign their acceptance of the Sacramento Ownership Group's Agreement. Sound about right? Yeah and sugar plums are dancing around in your head? Stop the My Little Pony music and take the needle off the record. Do not believe the hype.
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. ~Alfred Adler
In order for the above scenario to play out according to plan you have to trust several different parties. Think about this for a minute. By agreeing that the right thing at the 5/15 meeting is going to happen, then we can trust the following parties: David Stern and the NBA league office, The NBA Owners, The Seattle Group, and most of all the Redacted 2.0. How on God's green earth can we put all of those people in the same room and think for one second that the output of last minute hail mary opposition presentations, discussions and votes will immediately culminate into the Kings' Deal with the Sacramento Group being agreed to and all will be right in the world. That’s like Don King and Donald Trump walking into a salon and walking out with matching buzz cuts. In short, what kind of crack are you people smoking?
I trust everyone. I just don't trust the devil inside them. ~Troy Kennedy-Martin, The Italian Job
Don’t expect The Seattle Group to back down; they will prolong this until they are guaranteed a team. Don’t expect the NBA Owners and the League to do what is in the best interest of Sacramento without a few thrown curve balls. And why now would our owners (and don’t tell me because they are desperate for money) when they are holding a better financial deal via contract where they get an additional $16M sign without taking some time to ensure their family, their attorneys and their selfish pride has time to vet this deal. They will ask the BoG for time, to save face and more likely to try and bilk all of us for one last request.
In simple terms, don't believe the hype! Even if you could trust Stern which if we were handicapping this would be at the top of the list despite years of conspiracy theory to the contrary. Under no circumstances should we trust any of these people will do the right thing. That ship already sailed when the right thing was to denounce this process from the beginning and tell Seattle they will get the next team via expansion or via relocation because the Kings are staying and the Redacted 2.0 are leaving and the BoG By-laws are being updated to ensure all owners must exhaust a series of steps to ensure that a local ownership group is given the first opportunity to buy a team.
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. ~Billy Wilder
My instincts stipulate that this is not going to go down like cherry cough syrup. The Seattle Group is not done. I work at Microsoft HQ offices in Redmond each week (flying up from Orange County) so I hear firsthand what the news, KJR, and the people are believing up here. They are very confident still that The Seattle Group still has a few tricks up its sleeve. I don't trust them. I like what David Stern has tried to do and believe he has helped out cause in the ways that he can, but I don't trust him. I certainly don't trust the rest of the owners. Nobody trusts the Redacted 2.0 other than they will pull some shenanigans until they stop breathing. So in a process rife with unprecedented process, mired with distrust, why would we not count on a few more surprises before this is all said and done. Call me a skeptic or an idiot, I trust you will. But please present to me how you can confirm that the league doesn't mess this up.
Do you not believe the Seattle Group won’t bluff a lawsuit or still try to buy the team (even if they can't). Or has anyone actually seen the contract of the Binding Agreement? Does it stipulate a the Redacted 2.0 Family cannot back out unless certain terms are met without a hefty penalty? Will the Redacted 2.0 ask us to pay that blood money? Will the NBA give the Redacted 2.0 a month to reach agreement with the Sacramento Group before going to arbitration? There are so many things that can hold this process up yet many here on STR seem myopic as to complications these final steps still hold. Remember we are trailblazing here people. This has never happened in the NBA before. I hope I am wrong but I see the storm clouds swelling in the not too distant future.
(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)