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Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Are the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers opposed to the Sacramento Kings relocating to Anaheim? Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

A few weeks back, we noted that the Sacramento Kings had received an extension that provided them with more time - until April 18 - to consider a possible move to Anaheim. While Anaheim is still the baby stepbrother of Los Angeles, it has proven to be a solid market for professional sports, offers the allure of a large regional television audience and houses the Honda Center, a building that is slightly less old than Sacramento's Arco Arena. 

While the move would be heartbreaking and soul-crushing for one of the league's most passionate fanbases, it makes some sense for the team's cash-strapped ownership group. One potential problem with becoming the new kids on the block in Southern California? The current residents may not be welcoming a third NBA team with open arms.

The New York Daily News reports that both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers - who play their home games in downtown L.A.'s Staples Center - are "opposed" to the Kings' relocation plans.
The move to Anaheim will be opposed by the Lakers and Clippers, who see it as an encroachment on their territory. But sources close to the Maloofs say they're willing to pay the two L.A. teams whatever it takes to relocate. That would be in addition to the league's relocation fee of $30 million.

Anaheim Honda Center and Ducks owner Henry Samueli is prepared to help the Maloofs with the financing, offering a $100 million loan. Samueli tried to buy the team last year.

"The likelihood of them leaving is probably greater than them staying," said Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, the former Suns star, this past week. "But it's not a done deal."
Given the introduction of new competition, you can't blame the Lakers and Clippers for seeking compensation. The question for today is whether the Lakers and Clippers can provide enough financial pressure to make the Kings think twice about the timing of their move. It's difficult to speculate how effective any efforts to dissuade the Kings relocation efforts would be, at least without knowing the full details of the Maloof brothers' financial situation, which is said to be in tough shape due to Las Vegas casino losses.

Longer term, though, it's unlikely that the Lakers and Clippers can make a relocation effort prohibitively expensive for the Kings. If it comes down to dollars and cents, the Kings, like other franchises before them, will find their way to a larger market and better building, one way or another.

With that said, the city of Sacramento and Kings fans have responded in the best way possible: appealing to history and loyalty, as the cash is almost certainly greener on the other side. Whether emotional appeals carry any weight in 2011, though, is anybody's guess.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:48 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:46 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Anaheim will not support another sporting team, especially a basketball team. Three basketball teams within a 40 minute drive of each other would and could not work.

I can not believe that the NBA would even entertain the idea of locating another team as close as these three teams would be. They might as well all play at the Staples Center. Any basket ball team would be sucking behind the Lakers as the Clippers are and have been doing since the arrived from San Diego.

If San Diego would not support a team in San Diego what in the hell make anyone think fans from San Diego will drive to Anaheim to watch a NBA game? Someone is shooting a lot of smoke.  The distance is too far and if you have children on a school nite you would get home very late.

Orange County fans are sorta laid back and if the team is not an instant success and win the seats would be empty as the fans will not show up.

When the Rams moved from the Los Angeles coliseum to Angel Stadium, I can remember attending a game with the San Francisco 49‘ers. The San Francisco 49’ers had more fans than the Rams and it was a Ram home game. I have seen fans get up and walk out just after half time and by the third quarter the stands were almost empty.  

The Angels so much want to attract fans from the Los Angeles area that they renamed their team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There was a big law suit filed by the city of Anaheim over the name as it once was the Anaheim Angels. A contract signed long ago when the Angels first moved to Anaheim after playing in Dodger Stadium must have had  a clause that the name Anaheim had to be some place in the name thus the name they came up with.

I don’t know how the Ducks are doing as I am not a hockey fan, though I have attended several games there with friends from out of town visiting us,  and wanted to see the Kings and Ducks therefore we went to see both teams play at their arenas.

This will not work on so many levels, again I can not believe that the NBA would even consider this move under any circumstances.



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:08 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Let the Kings move to Anaheim (which is NOT in LA county, despite what the Angels of Anaheim want you to believe).  CLippers should have moved there years ago.  You get the OC AND SD markets.  I may actually go to an NBA game with a team in Anaheim. 

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:54 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

Really?! 3 basketball teams in L.A. County? Please! If the Kings want to stay in Cali. go to San Diego or have The Clippers go back there and then you can move to 'The Pond'! I hear The Palms in Vegas would give great room rates if the Kings go there!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:02 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

If only San Francsico or Oakland had made a new building recently, the KIngs would be there.  Now they go to Anaheim instead.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 9:54 pm

Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings' Anaheim move?

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