By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — One day after the Sacramento Kings named his successor, former general manager Geoff Petrie opened up to CBS13.

He praised the people who helped keep the team in Sacramento.

“My hat is off to the entire coalition of people that pulled off one of the greatest off the court comebacks I’ve ever seen,” Petrie said.

He has no ill words for the Maloofs and won’t fault them for keeping the Kings at a minimum salary level for the last several years.

“I will say this, I don’t think that Joe and Gavin—they weren’t doing anything you wouldn’t have done or I wouldn’t have done faced with the same set of circumstances,” Petrie said. “You have to survive.”

CBS13’s Steve Large asked him about the impact of the Maloof’s decision to fire his friend and head coach, Rick Adelman, after taking the team to the highest level Sacramento had ever seen, and if the team would have been better.

“I think if you were going to play the percentages, I’d say yes,” Petrie said.

But now he’s in a new place. Suddenly Kings basketball is behind him.


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