Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, whose efforts were instrumental in keeping the Sacramento Kings in town and in bringing the city a new arena, was honored by the team and its fans in a ceremony before the Kings-Los Angeles Lakers game at Golden 1 Center on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive presented Johnson with a signed ball as the mayor received a loud ovation from the big crowd. But the two never shook hands. The tension was noticeable after a flap last week in which the Kings declined to install a banner honoring Johnson. The Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, whose efforts were instrumental in keeping the Sacramento Kings in town and in bringing the city a new arena, was honored by the team and its fans in a ceremony before the Kings-Los Angeles Lakers game at Golden 1 Center on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive presented Johnson with a signed ball as the mayor received a loud ovation from the big crowd. But the two never shook hands. The tension was noticeable after a flap last week in which the Kings declined to install a banner honoring Johnson. The Sacramento Kings
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December 13, 2016 1:06 PM

Mayor Kevin Johnson has awkward appearance with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive

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