The Kings owners, the Vegas-based Maloof brothers, have been trying to get a new arena for a while, and the NBA vowed to help. But the league got pissed this week and pulled its support, and the arena's naming sponsor, Arco, is pulling out of that deal. That left some NBA observers once again convinced that the Kings aren't long for Sacramento.
Such talk has always inspired KC sports fans to daydream about the Kings returning to Kansas City, where they played from 1975 to 1982. It last came up a couple of months ago, but Kings co-owner George Maloof shot down the idea, saying he and his brother didn't want to be flying back and forth from Vegas to KC.
The most recent developments in Sacramento re-stoked the fires of NBA desire. 610 AM's drive-time morning show devoted a decent chunk of time to the topic this morning. But it's not likely to happen. There are too many bigger markets closer to Vegas that would love an NBA team -- including two, San Jose and Anaheim, with NBA-ready arenas.
Ric Bucher, ESPN NBA analyst and quality Tweeter, explains.
"I've always heard OC was their first choice because it also has a ready-made arena (where the Ducks play) and a proven audience (the Clips sell out every exhibition they play down there)," he tells Plog by e-mail. "I've heard KC mentioned, but never as a first option in conjunction with the Kings. I believe it has been more in connection with the Grizzlies or Hornets possibly being sold/relocated."
So, there you have it, as plain as can be: The Kings aren't coming. Unless they are. And if not, maybe someone else is. But probably not. But you never know!