The Lakers and Clippers could have company in the fight for fans if the Sacramento Kings become the third NBA team in Southern California.
The Kings, unable to get a new area deal in Sacramento, are looking into relocating to Anaheim to play at the Honda Center next season, multiple reports have stated. They have a March 1 deadline to apply to the league for the move.
How this affects the Lakers and Clippers is not quite known, but neither team is overly excited about the possibility of the Kings playing about 30 miles from Staples Center.
The two-time defending champion Lakers sell out every home game and dominate the Southern California basketball landscape, including Orange County.
The Clippers, however, might be in for a tough go for fans if the Kings come around — although the Clippers do have a new and exciting player in Blake Griffin whom many fans love to watch.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Clippers owner Donald Sterling would probably have a lot to say about the Kings move, but it would take a majority of the 30 NBA owners — at least 16 — to approve the relocation.
And there could be a relocation fee that the Kings would have to pay.
Commissioner David Stern confirmed Saturday night that the Kings have had conversations about a potential move to Anaheim.
A Kings official said Sunday that the owners of the team, Joe and Gavin Maloof, won’t be getting a $100-million loan from Ducks owner Henry Samueli, as has been reported.
Labor talks going union’s way?
When the players and owners met Friday for two hours to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, one team official at the meeting said the players were better at presenting their case than the owners were.
“The players won that round,” said the Western Conference team official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. “They kicked our butts. They were very well prepared. None of us want a lockout.”
Both the owners and the players hope to avoid a work stoppage by making a deal before the current CBA expires June 30.
Bryant moves up All-Star lists
Kobe Bryant moved into fourth place on the all-time All-Star game scoring list with 244 points by scoring 37 Sunday, and he won his fourth most-valuable-player award, becoming the fourth player to do so.
Bryant also became the all-time steals leader with 33 after he had three Sunday.
Griffin, Love outdone by Bryant
Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-time All-Star, leads the NBA in rebounding with 15.5 per game, but he had just four Sunday.
Griffin is fourth in the league in rebounds with 12.6 per game, but he had just five. Griffin was asked if he was thankful that Bryant, who had 14, made his job easier.
“Not really,” Griffin said, laughing.