March 17, 2009

An Open Letter to Bill Simmons and ESPN.: A poster on Sactown Royalty makes a level-headed argument for keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 09:59 PM - 5 comments

Any thought of the Kings moving would be horrible. The fans in northern California support the franchise. Granted, Kansas City would be located perfectly with the Midwest and Texas clubs, but there will come a time when a franchise would have a legitimate reason to move. K.C. can act at that point.

posted by jjzucal at 11:12 PM on March 17

...there will come a time when a franchise would have a legitimate reason to move. K.C. can act at that point.

Don't you think with the Kings looking at the bottom of the barrel once again this season (14-53), that this would be the perfect time for Kansas City to pick up what's left of the Kings franchise and relocate to a location that not only would truly support their team but to have an owner that cared enough to bring in quality players and keep those players around for quite some time. The 2010 free agent market is the perfect time for this organization to go after superstar free agents that will be availiable if they expect to compete for a championship like in their 2001-2002 season.

The Maloof family needs to decide what is best long term for not only themselves but also the team. If that means selling the team off and having the Kings relocate tp K.C. or anywhere else, so be it.

posted by BornIcon at 02:42 PM on March 18

good point and well taken, BornIcon...

but as a Simmons reader I think the real issue is how he has taken every opportunity to rip Clay Bennet, David Stern and the "Team That Shall Not Be Named" at every turn for moving the team from Seattle yet can gloss over this one with a quick thumbs up and move on.

pretty strange.

posted by setlasmon at 03:27 PM on March 18

Dude's definitely a Simmons fan: overwrought, self-indulgent, too long post about a sports team 90% of America doesn't root for is right in his wheelhouse. If he can figure in a couple of Karate Kid references, he could fill in on nights & weekends.

posted by yerfatma at 05:18 PM on March 18

but as a Simmons reader I think the real issue is how he has taken every opportunity to rip Clay Bennet, David Stern and the "Team That Shall Not Be Named" at every turn for moving the team from Seattle yet can gloss over this one with a quick thumbs up and move on.

He explained this in his podcast. The reason being that Sacramento "stole" the Kings in the first place and it's only right that they go back to KC.

He has also stated that his largest complaint with the Seattle situation was that no team that has won a championship should be allowed to move.

Not saying these arguments don't have holes, but that's his position.

posted by turacma at 09:20 AM on March 19

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