Could Kings fans withstand another season with the Maloofs as controlling owners of the team?

Leading Off: Kings saga gets crazier every day

Published: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 6:21 am

Now we know why Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson didn't want us spiking the ball in the end zone last month.

This high-stakes game of tug-of-war between Sacramento and Seattle – with the Kings being pulled in both directions – isn't over.

It looked like a victory for Sacramento when the NBA's relocation committee voted 7-0 last month to block a Kings move to Seattle. It looked like that was the end of the pursuit by Chris Hansen's investment group to buy and move the Kings.

But instead of going away, Hansen and friends just threw more money onto the poker table and offered owners bribes in the form of record-setting relocation money. And the Maloofs have threatened to keep control of the Kings with a backup plan to sell 20 percent of the team to Hansen. They insist they never will sell to Sacramento's investment group led by Vivek Ranadive, who remains confident in his bid to buy the team.

It's enough of a mess that the NBA has called a special teleconference today, where members of the finance and relocation committees will discuss the situation again.

It should be a short call with a definitive "no." No, the NBA won't bow to threats. No, the Maloofs can't sell a portion of the team to Hansen. And, no, the Maloofs can't continue to run this franchise into the ground.

It's time for the NBA to show the Maloofs the door and tell them they don't have to go home, they just can't stay here.

What to watch

NBA playoffs, doubleheader, 4 p.m., TNT: It's Miami at Chicago followed by Oklahoma City at Memphis.

Today's poll

Could Kings fans withstand another season with the Maloofs as controlling owners of the team?

• Yes

• No

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

Weekend results

If the Kings land the top spot in next month's NBA draft, which player should they pick?

• Trey Burke: 22%

• Michael Carter-Williams: 13%

• Ben McLemore: 10%

• Nerlens Noel: 26%

• Otto Porter: 10%

• Other: 18%

Total votes: 165

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

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