City of Anaheim reveals plan to pursue Kings


City of Anaheim reveals plan to pursue Kings

March 26, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The city of Anaheim has effectively acknowledged its pursuit of the Sacramento Kings, revealing a financial plan to entice the NBA team to relocate to Honda Center with 75 million in bonds.Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait didn't mention the Kings by name Friday, but said the deal to be considered at a special City Council meeting Tuesday poses no financial risk to Anaheim taxpayers."As mayor, I look forward to joining my colleagues on Tuesday to consider these important agenda items," Tait said in a statement released to news outlets. "As a basketball fan, I'm hoping that we will soon be cheering at that first tip-off at Anaheim's own Honda Center."Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof have been in private discussions for several months on a move out of their aging Sacramento building formerly known as Arco Arena. They must file for relocation with the NBA by April 18. AMICK: Reality at Building Formerly Known as Arco
The details of the potential deal are found in a staff report to the City Council posted on Anaheim's website. A 103-page lease delineates the terms of a deal for an unidentified potential NBA tenant in the city-owned Honda Center, which is managed by a company controlled by billionaire Henry Samueli, the owner of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.The proposed deal includes 25 million for Honda Center upgrades - likely to include a new locker room, a sports training area and a practice court - and 50 million in transition costs, likely including relocation fees charged by the NBA.The bonds would be funded by private investors and repaid by arena revenue, according to the lease. Samueli, an avid basketball fan who has wanted an NBA team as a co-tenant for several years, is the financial muscle behind the bond arrangement.The move still is far from a done deal. The Maloofs must get permission from a majority of the NBA's other owners to make the move, which isn't a sure thing - and they'll have to pay their fellow owners for the privilege, including significant payments to the Lakers and Clippers, who share Staples Center 35 miles away.The Lakers and Clippers haven't commented publicly, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson criticized the move before his club faced the Clippers on Friday night."What other metropolitan area has three teams in it?" Jackson asked. "It's ridiculous to put another franchise in this market. It just doesn't make sense to do that."In the only similar sports arrangement, the New York City metropolitan area's 19 million people support three NHL teams. The five-county Los Angeles area had nearly 18 million residents at the most recent count, and the Kings likely would attempt to expand their fan base out of Orange County into the San Diego area, which has no NBA team.The Kings, who haven't commented on the prospective move, already have moved well down the road to abandoning Sacramento, their home since 1985.An attorney who has represented the Maloofs recently filed federal trademark registrations on four potential names for their well-traveled franchise, which apparently will revert to the Royals nickname used during its genesis in Rochester and Cincinnati.That name is likely to be Anaheim Royals, because the City Council also plans to reaffirm its rule that any tenant uses Anaheim as its only geographic identifier. The city is determined to avoid the embarrassment of the local baseball team's decision to rename itself the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005, sparking a four-year legal battle."One issue that is important to our community is that any new professional team sport our city's name - and our name only," Tait said. "Be assured that the city's staff has addressed that issue very clearly."

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants were in a different situation, Tuesday night’s loss was the kind that really would sting for a few days. As is, it was simply loss No. 77 in a stunningly bad season. 

The Giants went down 4-3 in somewhat familiar fashion, with their offense failing to break through and their bullpen coming up short. But this loss, No. 77, was also about small mistakes, both mental and physical. Let’s count down some of the ways the Giants went down:

--- Gorkys Hernandez, a late addition to the lineup because Hunter Pence has a tight hamstring, dropped a fly ball in deep right in the fourth inning. That cost Jeff Samardzija a run and a few more pitches. Bruce Bochy said Pence likely will be off Wednesday and then return Friday in Arizona. 

--- Bochy pulled Samardzija after just 89 pitches, and it was certainly peculiar in the moment. The thing is, the intention fit in with the reality of this season. Samardzija has carried a heavy load and Bochy was trying to protect his arm a bit. 

“The inning before, he logged some pitches,” Bochy said. “I’ve worked him pretty hard and I’m really looking after him as much as anything. We’re trying to give some guys a break and it didn’t work out. We had some guys lined up in the seventh, eighth, ninth — it just didn’t work out in the seventh.”

--- You can’t really argue with protecting a big-money pitcher in a down year. But Bochy probably wishes he had chosen someone other than Albert Suarez, who was fresher than others but has now given up runs in six of seven appearances. Suarez turned a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. It was more glaring when Kyle Crick entered and pitched 1 1/3 sharp innings. 

--- The Giants still had a chance — it helped that the Brewers took a dominant Josh Hader out of the game just because he’s a lefty and Nick Hundley bats right-handed — and they put two on in the eighth. Denard Span hit a soft single to right and Phil Nevin waved Hundley, who has catcher’s legs. He was out by a mile. Bochy said he was fine with forcing the issue there, although that’s a call Nevin probably wants back. 

Another twist on the play: Bochy could have put speedy Orlando Calixte in for Hundley and then moved Pablo Sandoval over to first in the next inning, with Calixte at third. He didn’t second-guess that decision.

“He was out pretty easily,” Bochy said. “I don’t know if a little more speed would have helped out.”

--- In the bottom of the ninth, Kelby Tomlinson singled. He was promptly caught stealing second with the heart of the order coming up. Again, a decision that went the visiting team’s way. 

Those moments could be defended or second-guessed. On another night, maybe they all work out and the Giants win 3-2, or 6-4. On this night, it was simply a familiar script, and loss No. 77.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers


SAN FRANCISCO — Just when it seemed the Giants were starting to find some continuity in their bullpen, they have taken a couple of steps back. 

Two days after Hunter Strickland imploded late, Albert Suarez gave up the lead. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers in a game that dragged. The Brewers did open the window a bit in the bottom of the eighth and Denard Span bounced a single to right with two outs and two on. Phil Nevin waved Nick Hundley all the way around third and Hundley was thrown out by 10 feet to end the inning. 

Anyway, here are five other things to know … 

—- Just one of Jeff Samardzija’s six innings went 1-2-3, and Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen after just 89 pitches. Samardzija was charged with two runs, one of them earned. It was a little odd that he came out so early. 

—- Suarez entered in the seventh with a one-run lead and gave up two runs before being lifted. He has allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances. 

—- Brandon Crawford momentarily gave the Giants the lead with a two-run homer, his 11th. He is definitely starting to hit his stride. Crawford has four extra base hits and six RBI on the homestand. 

—- Why is it so hard for the Giants to sign power bats? Well, just ask Eric Thames. He hit a 433-foot blast to lead off the third but ended up with just a triple when it bounced off the top of the bricks in right-center. Per Statcast data, Thames is the first player in the last three years to hit a ball more than 430 feet and not get a homer. He was stranded at third. 

—- Over in Sacramento, a couple of rehab appearances went as planned. Johnny Cueto threw three scoreless innings for the River Cats; he will make at least one more minor league start. Joe Panik was 0-for-2 in five innings; he will join the San Jose Giants on Wednesday for another rehab game.