PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Kings fans at Sunday's game hold signs boosting the latest arena finance plan. Terms of a pact with potential team buyers were released Saturday.

Poll

Weekend poll: Would you prefer to know the future of the Kings before their final game on April 17?

Leading Off: Kings fans won't know how to act at season finale

Published: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013 - 8:50 am

When the Kings take the floor at Sleep Train Arena against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 17, it's likely we won't know more about the team's future than we do today.

A vote had been expected at the NBA's board of governors meeting April 18-19 until Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday it might take longer to assess the competing bids from the Seattle and Sacramento groups.

The only thing for certain is the continuing uncertainty will make for an odd evening at the old barn.

Will fans fill the place to show appreciation for the players, staff and workers, just in case it's the last NBA game in Sacramento?

Will they fill the place to show the league – again – how dedicated they still are, despite being put through an emotional roller coaster by the Maloofs the past few years?

If you're attending the game, do you mourn the possible loss of the team – or do you celebrate the possibility of new owners and a new downtown arena?

We went through something like this two years ago, when it seemed the Kings were all but gone to Anaheim. Fans packed the arena for what many thought would be the final game, and The Bee's Page A1 headline the following morning summed it up: "IS THIS THE END?"

Two years ago, it sure seemed like it; this year, after the emergence of the "whales," things aren't nearly as dour.

But we'd prefer to know when we arrive at the game if we should be ready to be sad or happy, to cry or smile.

Once again – hopefully for the last time – the Maloofs have left fans in emotional turmoil.

What to do

NBA, Memphis at Kings, 3 p.m., Sleep Train Arena: After today, there are just two home games left this season.

What to watch

NCAA women's Final Four, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., ESPN: It's Cal vs. Louisville in the first game, followed by Connecticut vs. Notre Dame; the winners play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Weekend poll

Would you prefer to know the future of the Kings before their final game on April 17?

• Yes

• No

• Doesn't matter

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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