Just before Grant hopped on the microphone at Sleep Train Arena, news broke about the owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family, setting a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to receive a backup offer from the Ranadive/Mastrov/Jacobs group interested in purchasing the Kings. Grant discussed this at length as well as the Sacramento Kings game against the New Orleans Hornets that was taking place later in the day, and the start of the season for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.
Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee joined Grant to start the show; just after news broke that the Maloof family set a Friday deadline for a binding backup bid from investors looking to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Lillis explained what the Maloofs’ deadline meant to Sacramento’s chances of keeping the Kings. Lillis also talked about Senator Darrell Steinberg’s recent comments about the dollar amount of Sacramento’s financial bid, the potential for the NBA Board of Governors vote getting pushed back and the chances of the Seattle group being able to up their bid if necessary.
Sacramento native and Hornets forward Ryan Anderson joined Grant courtside at Sleep Train Arena.
Anderson discussed his high school championship game played at Sleep Train Arena, the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento, what the Kings meant to him growing up, the Kings players he admired as a kid and his time with the Orlando Magic.
Mark Jackson, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, came on the show with Grant as the Warriors are preparing for a trip to the playoffs.
Jackson talked about always being honest with his players, Andrew Bogut’s impact on the team, his coaching style, the potential to win Coach of the Year, being a players’ coach and his team’s accomplishments this year.