SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof is speaking out for the first time since the team announced it’s staying inSacramento.
Maloof says the stress over the last few weeks has taken its toll on his family, even causing the brothers to lose weight.
“It hasn’t been easy on anybody,” said Maloof. “My brother Joe probably lost 10 pounds maybe 15. I probably lost a couple myself.”
Gavin says that while he and his brother’s lost the chance to take their team toAnaheim, that is in the past.
He says he is excited about being here, and hopes the city can come through with the promise of a new arena calling Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s $10 million pledge drive among the business community “nothing short of incredible”.
And he insists they don’t want to consider selling the team.
“We don’t want to sell it. I don’t care how much money you give me,” Gavin Maloof said. “I don’t want to sell it, that’s the passion that can’t be bought.”
Since the announcement the Kings will stay, ticket sales have spiked and the team is hiring more sales associates to handle the high demand.