Which Bay Area team will advance further in the postseason?

Leading Off: Offer Hansen, Ballmer a deal they can't refuse

Published: Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 10:30 pm

This, that and the other thing:

• Maybe it's time to go to the mattresses with the Chris Hansen-Steve Ballmer group from Seattle, who refuse to give up their fight to buy the Kings from the Maloofs.

Maybe it's time for the don of the NBA, David Stern, to visit the Emerald City and make an offer they can't refuse: another shot at relocation – say the Milwaukee Bucks down the road – or an expansion team. And just to make sure there are no misunderstandings, Stern should bring his friend, Luca Brasi.

In return, Hansen and Ballmer release the Maloofs from their binding contract so they can sell to the Sacramento group led by Vivek Ranadive, who plans to keep the team in the capital, where it belongs.

It's not personal, Chris, strictly business: Leave the Kings, and take the Bucks.

• It's been years since history class, but it's hard to recall the Declaration of Independence including the phrase: life, liberty and the pursuit of playoffs.

But don't tell that to several hundred Jacksonville Jaguars fans. They signed a petition on the White House's We The People website for President Barack Obama to overrule new general manager David Caldwell, who refuses to sign free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow.

The petition, in part, reads:

"If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy."

Hey, if it works, maybe Kings fans can start a petition of their own to keep the team.

Today's poll

Which Bay Area team will advance further in the postseason?

• Warriors, NBA

• Sharks, NHL

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

Weekend results

What are the odds the Kings will be sold to Vivek Ranadive's group and stay in Sacramento?

• Greater than 90%: 37%

• 71%-90%: 18%

• 51%-70%: 16%

• 31%-50%: 10%

• 11%-30%: 5%

• 10% or less: 14%

Total votes: 724

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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