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Look Back In Humor, Part Five

As we get past the first week and thence into the middle weeks of April, things definitely start moving. We've got the runup to the initial committee vote, but unfortunately there were also some changes in the local Pod - particularly when we lost Burkle, only to replace him with the Jacobs familiy. Vivek (via fffindeed) stepped in to remind us of something...

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...while prowse showed us the Place We Must Never Go...

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And then...delay. Where we thought we might know the fate before the season closes, word came down the initial vote would be April 18th or 19th. A flowchart was developed of the NBA decision process, but prowse had decided it was not complete, and could not recommend it.

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So the flowchart was completed...

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...our Northern brethren had to watch their attempt at destroying Sacramento come to failure...

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Later that day, it was announced that we had a REAL developer join the team, Mark Friedman. And as we all know, because he's a developer, we can trust him...

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Also - A68 told us he's nervous when he sees the infamous Red Banner. Both Aykis and prowse had ideas of what to do with the Red Banner...

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...and LaBradford had a dream...

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So we move into the week before the rescheduled vote, and word comes down that the Maloofs gave Team Vivek a Friday deadline to submit a "binding" offer, otherwise they would not negotiate with the Sacramento-based group. After the initial laughter died down, the commentariat got to work:

LaBradford...

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On the 11th of April, we get word from Mr. Dependable Chris Daniels that the Sacramento bid has caused a "rift" in the NBA ownership, that the owners would rather move the Kings to Seattle and have done with it. Part of the reason may have been CD5's assertion that Seattle could get Plan Flan done by 2015...

ZenBaller had a much better read on the situation...

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Kromeace continued on that theme...

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Okay, then. We next get to the thread in which somebody at Sports Business Daily reported that Team Vivek would be asked to cover the $30M Hansen deposit to the Maloofs. SPTSJUNKIE - you're up...

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Since this report was, umm, loosely based, there was one tweet that (while not to the 20+ rec level), still deserves some mention for the sheer brilliance of it, courtesy of pookey...

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Onward and upward on the roller coaster we go, as we learn from Amick that the Kings would be expected to fully match Seattle's then offer at $525M total valuation, and that the "rift" mentioned by CD5 earlier did not exist. This led to a award-show based GIF of the comparing approaches to things, as told by Yogi214...

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So Ailene gets into the mix, and uncorks a whopper - that the Maloofs would accept the Sacramento bid, and they have also met with the NHL Commish and are looking at buying a team with Vegas as a possible destination, or possibly even a MLB team. Ziller and adamsite: GO!

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KFNMW:

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Otis:

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LaBradford:

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Otis again:

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Of course, the Maloofs would claim they've done nothing wrong and have been kind and thoughtful to everyone around here. Sims calls BS on that one, and does so in standard Sims style...

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Prowse gives everybody a warning...

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LaBradford is strong in this thread...

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On the 12th of April, word came down that Facebook principal Chris Kelly was joining the Pod. Obviously, such a development would be news both in CA and in Washington, yes? Cue Dub and Angry Tree and kromeace...

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Of course, a couple of people had to change their Facebook status...

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Swoosh...

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Juan Primo...

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April 13th...still waiting for the committees to meet, and Seattle's crew ups the ante by another $25M (just remember, folks - #binding). Ziller asks the community whether or not the NBA will quit moving the goalposts, having just gotten the Maloof Friday deadline and Hansen increasing his offer in its wake. So in this, adamsite says...

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After a while and some reflection, Ziller feels that the increased Hansen bid means panic on the part of the Seattle crew. Boogie-reke treats us to the entrance the Commish would use at the NBA meetings...

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Ultimately, we just had no idea what was going to happen in the next few days. While things were percolating, some tasty open warfare was breaking out in the commentary strings. A SeaTroll came by to ask, "why the hate?", and Greg had an answer...

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...while Otis hit the Bee's Archives and took us back to a column by Ailene from a year ago...

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So ElRon made a phone call...

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And then there appeared a little video in Times Square. Ichristmas channeled his inner SeaTroll...

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...with Wonderchild asking the obvious follow-up...

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mtmoore caught the video in all its big-ass 'tron glory...

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So everything's ready. We're finally gonna have us a vote, we'll get to find out what's gonna happen, right? Uhhh...no. Reaction was predictably severe...

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Much more GIFfy rage can be seen at the thread, and would completely crater this post. It was later speculated that the reason for the delay was "procedural." It was further speculated that we would quickly learn the outcome via leaks. Widowwolf decided to take his own leak...

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...while artlee decided we needed to send the Commish a mixtape.

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Of course, all this news coming so quickly requires a red banner both on StR and at (that other site), yes? Well, BTE broke into their coding and found out what the Sonics Rising news banner would look like...

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So we find out the NBA is "not even close" on a determination. So Garza helps us to remember what we've been through before, thinking that another 2-3 weeks ain't so much...

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Still just a few days past Tax Day, and word came down that Paul Allen may be considering voting with the Good Guys, and tossing his Microshaft buddies under the bus. One of our more notorious SeaTrolls came in to accuse us of a certain lack of critical thinking skills. Let's let Otis take it from here...

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A Jazz fan testifies...

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So the BOG meetings end, without much clarity. Naturally, the Commish gives a presser, and in his own enigmatic way we find out the relocation vote will come BEFORE the sale vote. And of course, Daniels gets absolutely served by Stern...

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Ahh, the Maloofs. They couldn't keep feet out of mouths for too long, now could they? They ended up sending a letter to the league urging acceptance of the Seattle deal, and the commentariat had a nice, long dump on the entire family...

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So we're given 50-50 odds at keeping the Kings, or at least so says one NBA owner who talked to Ken Berger of CBS. We've not had a pookey rant in a while, but there's no time like the present...

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Unbelievably, all of the above material encompassed just a span of two weeks on this here website. Here I was thinking this might be the last in the series, but there was so much concentrated excellence in the threads (and I know how much is coming up) that it looks like we're going to OT on this series.

For what it's worth, the next installment may not be for another week or two, in that I've got some jerb and vacation duties that are calling on me, hard. The next edition (I promise) will carry us to victory.

Until next time...

(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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