Kings owners announce NBA franchise to stay

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Kings owners announce NBA franchise to stay

May 2, 2011KINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEO
CSNBayArea.com staff

The Kings are staying in Sacramento, confirming what a source told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Sunday night.

An official statement was released by Maloof Sports and Entertainment, the team's owners, at 9 a.m.

According to the Orange County Register, the Maloof family told officials from Anaheim Arena Management, representatives of the building that would have been the Kings' new home, of their intent to stay early Monday morning.

Also Monday, co-owner George Maloof told The Sacramento Bee that, "We are heading back to Sacramento. It was a tough decision. Ticket holders were reaching out to us, and it was the right thing to do to give it a shot at one more season."

The move came hours before a league-imposed 2 p.m. deadline for the Kings to file a formal request to relocate the team for the coming season.

A source close to the discussions toldComcast SportsNet on Sunday that the NBA had told the Maloofs to expect the Kings to stay in Sacramento next year, all but assuring the status quo for the team.

"I think it's the fair thing to do," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said. "We've always said we think Sacramento has the best NBA fans in the world. Their overwhelming show of support was incredible. But now they realize that we're giving them another opportunity and we're anxious to play basketball.""We spent 13 years and millions of dollars to try to get an arena built. We don't have the answer. The mayor has the answers and we're willing and able to listen. He's got to have a plan. We never want to be untruthful to the fans of Sacramento. There is a sense of urgency, and that's up to mayor Johnson and his political team."Last week league commissioner David Stern indicated that he was awaiting a report from a committee dispatched to Sacramento to attempt to verify corporate pledges the city had solicited as part of a full-court press by mayor Kevin Johnson.

"There's a small NBA task force on the ground seeing whether certain assurances that the mayor gave us about community support for the team -- were they to stay for one more year to develop a plan for a building -- can be reduced to writing in some shape or form," Stern told a national radio show on Wednesday. "The Maloofs have until May 2 to apply to relocate."

Last week, Sacramento's corporate community handed NBA representatives deposits on more than 10 million in sponsorship pledges for the Kings to stay at least another year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.