The Sacramento Kings Stick It To Sacramento Fans By Moving To Anaheim
Moving from city to city is a harsh reality of professional sports. Sometimes when players do it they hear about it for the rest of their careers from their once-loyal, now-hostile fans (ie.: Vince Carter, LeBron James), but that venom is nothing compared to when a team moves from city to city.
The thing is, when a player wants out, a lot of times fans can see why they make the move, even if they hate it. Who wouldn’t want to live and work in Miami, surrounded by all-star teammates to make your job easier? No matter the logic behind it—and even if Cleveland fans can see that logic—LeBron is still going to get booed when he plays the Cavs in Quicken Loans Arena.
But when an entire franchise ups and leaves…that’s a different kettle of fish. Most times it’s due to the greed/selfish wishes of billionaire owners, and generally it’s terrible teams who leave, which means the fans have been putting up with lousy results for years, only to have their team ripped from their clutches before they have a chance to improve and finally win some games. Most recent example? The Seattle Supersonics moving to Oklahoma (pictured above). Most memorable example—the Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore (pictured below).
Now yet another NBA team is trying to relocate and while it’s never an easy thing, it seems as though the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings (and The Palms hotel and casino) are really trying to stick the boot in as they attempt to take the Kings to Anaheim. Check out this twitpic from the Phoenix Suns’ Channing Frye, showing what the tickets to the Kings home game against the Suns looked like.
(Before you say it, yes, the girl holding the sign is referring to Kings forward Omri Casspi, but the message of “I Love the O.C.” aka Orange County, is the obvious intention of the Kings/Maloofs. Especially since the “Orange County Royals” is one of the names they’ve already trademarked to potentially play under next season.)