Weekend poll: Who was the best player from the Kings' 28 seasons in Sacramento?

Leading Off: Who's telling the truth in Kings saga?

Published: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 - 11:16 pm

During Friday's developments in the ongoing Kings sale saga, one thing became obvious: NBA Commissioner David Stern and the team's owners don't see eye-to-eye, but have they ever?

Shortly after it was reported that the Maloofs sent a letter to the NBA detailing what they perceive as shortcomings in the bid from Sacramento investors, Stern had a much different take at his news conference in New York following the board of governors' annual meetings.

In their letter, the Maloofs said Sacramento's bid is "deficient economically" compared to the offer they've accepted from Seattle investor Chris Hansen. Stern, however, was very clear when he said the bids from Sacramento and Seattle "are in the same ballpark with respect to the net result to the selling family."

The Maloofs also said the Sacramento bid is a "non-binding expression of interest." Stern's retort: "It is binding."

And the Maloofs questioned whether the Sacramento group has "sufficient cash" to buy the Kings (perhaps they haven't done their homework on Vivek Ranadive, who reportedly could buy the team without other investors).

Stern's comment on the subject: "We have had assurances of funding support."

So, Sacramento, you decide: Who's twisting the facts – one of the most powerful commissioners in pro sports or the owners of the Kings, who seemingly can't wait to get out of town?

What to watch

NBA playoffs, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 10: When the Kings can't make the playoffs, the next best thing for their fans is to see the Lakers ousted in the first round.

What to do

Baseball, San Diego at Giants, 1:05 p.m., AT&T Park: Can Barry Zito bounce back after getting hammered by the Brewers in his last outing?

Weekend poll

Who was the best player from the Kings' 28 seasons in Sacramento?

• Mike Bibby

• Vlade Divac

• Mitch Richmond

• Peja Stojakovic

• Chris Webber

• Other

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

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