SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The owners of the Sacramento Kings will attend the sold-out game versus the Los Angeles Clippers at Arco Arena on Monday, which has become the rallying point for loyal Kings’ fans who want the team to remain at the state capital.
In a series of Tweets, Kings’ co-owner Joe Maloof said, “Gavin, George, & myself will absolutely be at the game Monday night… Those 17,317 that will be there Monday night are our friends. We will always appreciate the fans and the customer.”
Speculation over the future of the Kings has run wild after the Maloofs confirmed earlier this month they were in talks with the city of Anaheim to move the team down to the Honda Center, currently the home to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings’ owners are waiting for a decision from the NBA as early as Monday to find out if they will receive an extension to the March 1 deadline to apply for team relocation.
A groundswell of fan support, with social networking campaigns like “Here We Stay” and “SacDeflated” gaining quick momentum, focused on Monday’s game to demonstrate local love for the team and convince the team’s owners to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Amber Williams, one of the members behind SacDeflated.com, said she believes the fans are why the Maloofs will attend the sold-out game.
“I do think the fans and the people that have shown their support are a part of why they’re going to be there, so there is some validation,” Williams said. “It’s great, we’re very excited.”
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said last week he wasn’t happy that city officials were being kept out of the loop on team negotiations.
“We could have been notified that they were thinking about filing an extension instead of finding out on Google Alert,” Johnson said. “That, to me, is not how you deal with partners.”