Small Market, Big Heart
As of right now, Timberwolves fans are really lucky.
Our team looks like it’s headed in the right direction, we have young talented stars with at least three years on each contract, loads of cap flexibility and an owner who seems willing to spend money to make the product better right now. In addition, the owner is apparently looking for an exit strategy that centers around finding someone who will keep the team in Minneapolis.
Not every fan base is that lucky.
For the past couple of years, the fans of the Sacramento Kings have been jerked around by their ownership. The Maloofs tried to sneak off in the middle of the night and take the team to Anaheim. When the NBA wouldn’t let them do that (or we can pretend they had a change of heart), the city of Sacramento put together an incredible effort behind the people at Here We Stay and mayor Kevin Johnson to get enough local support to make an arena deal a reality. When the NBA stepped in and negotiated what the Maloofs called “a fair deal,” it seemed like a new downtown arena would be built and another relocation disaster would be stopped.
Now the Maloofs are reneging on the deal and sabotaging whatever efforts are made to save the arena deal. James Ham from Cowbell Kingdom put together this documentary during the time when it looked like the Kings were out of town. I recommend you taking the hour and 21 minutes to watch this documentary. It’s wonderfully well done and after the local Vikings fiasco that has gone on recently, I think this is a market that can appreciate such extraordinary efforts.
Thank you and enjoy.