For the first time in what feels like forever, there is legitimate optimism and unabated excitement over this season’s Sacramento Kings. For one, they stayed.
I wish I were more excited about the basketball moves that the Kings made over the offseason, but make no mistake about it; Sacramento had a better offseason than any other NBA city.
It wasn’t easy. A lot of very smart people put a lot of time and energy (and funds) into keeping this team out of Seattle.
From Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his staff to multiple grassroots efforts from guys like Carmichael Dave, Mike Tavares and Crown Downtown, Blake Ellington and the “Here We Stay” movement (and many others), it took this perfect storm of support to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
And of course, none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the new Kings ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.