Vivek Ranadive


What did you most like about the Kings' season finale Wednesday?

Leading Off: Kings could be on cusp of global exposure

Published: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 - 11:16 pm

The Kings are still global. The proof is palpable.

Vlade Divac said this week from Belgrade that he fields daily questions about his career with the Kings and whether the team will stay in Sacramento.

Before Wednesday's season finale, Kings coach Keith Smart said he met a fan from Poland who said he traveled overnight to see the Kings.

At halftime, Mayor Kevin Johnson beamed during a private moment and talked about the untapped frontier that is India, home of Vivek Ranadive, the software tycoon heading the Sacramento effort to purchase the Kings.

Much like Yao Ming helped increase the NBA's popularity in his native China last decade, imagine what the league could do in India should Ranadive and his group gain NBA ownership approval.

Johnson grins at the thought.

"Incredible," Johnson said.

The NBA already has an office in Mumbai with six employees marketing the league. And the NBA has a website in India, where cricket is the most popular sport. As part-owner of the Warriors now, Ranadive has drawn Indian followers – via the Internet and through season tickets.

Kings jerseys sold in India by the tens of thousands in a matter of weeks for starters? Imagine that. Maybe even a KJ throwback or two.

Today's poll

What did you most like about the Kings' season finale Wednesday?

• A sellout with energy

• DeMarcus Cousins' 36 points, 22 rebounds

• Optimism of a new era

• Season is over

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field

Tuesday's results

Should Major League Baseball allow teams to issue Jackie Robinson's No. 42?

• Yes: 50%

• No: 50%

Total votes: 352

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