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Kings owner critical of Sacramento city government

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Kings owner critical of Sacramento city government

March 29, 2011KINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEO

ANAHEIM (AP) -- Kings owner Joe Maloof made his first public comment about his franchise's possible relocation to Anaheim on Monday night, criticizing a letter sent between the cities' governments.

Maloof spoke briefly to the Orange County Register after a Sacramento city official wrote to Anaheim's city manager asking Anaheim to stop negotiations with the Kings.

The letter from Sacramento Assistant City Manager John Dangberg claims a move could cause "irreparable harm to the City of Sacramento" if the Kings default on a 73 million loan from the city. Dangberg called Anaheim's negotiations with the Kings "bad public policy at a minimum," asking for contractual assurance the Kings will pay their debt before they get more bonds from Anaheim.

"That letter is completely wrong, and it was uncalled for -- below the belt -- and it's a shame it had to come out of his office," Maloof told the Register. "We tried to be classy and not get in arguments in the media, but I (have to) make this comment. We will continue on with our business and do what is best for the viability of the franchise what's best for the franchise and what's best for the league."

The letter also asks Anaheim not to authorize 75 million in bonds to aid the move. The Anaheim city council is expected to vote on a financial plan to entice an NBA team to move to the city-owned Honda Center in a special meeting Tuesday night.

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"It's not for the mayor or anybody to interfere with our business," Maloof told the Register. "That's what I think they're doing, and it's not right. We would appreciate that they not interfere with our business."

Maloof didn't return phone and text messages from The Associated Press late Monday night.

The Maloofs 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 to start the process, which would include a vote among the league's other owners.

Sacramento issued the bonds for a loan to the Kings in July 1997, two years before the Maloofs bought the franchise. The Kings will owe Sacramento roughly 77 million if they leave this summer.

"We've always satisfied our obligations to the City of Sacramento," Maloof said. "We're honest businesspeople, and we have never missed a payment. In fact, we're way ahead of schedule. A couple of years ago, we paid somewhere between 9 million and 11 million ahead because we wanted to lower the debt.

"We've always paid our financial obligations in the past, we're going to do it in the present, and we're going to do it in the future. They have nothing to worry about. They will be paid in full, whatever it takes."

Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage

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Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage

As a two-time MVP, two-time NBA champion and one of the most popular players on the planet, you'd think there isn't much left for Stephen Curry to accomplish. 

The same can be said of his wife Ayesha -- a business powerhouse in her own right. 

But the two had a "bucket list" moment last night in San Francisco when they were welcomed on stage at the Fillmore for a performance with Johnnyswim. 

Johnnyswim is an American folk, soul, blues, pop music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez who hail from Nashville, Tennessee. The duo is out on our promoting their studio album "Georgica Pond" and the live album "Live At Rockwood Music Hall"

The Currys weren't there just for show either -- social media videos show the two in song.

@JOHNNYSWIM #INeedMeSomeHome

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In her post, Ayesha said "What a night! This was definitely a bucket list moment w the amazing peeps @amandasudanoramirez @johnnyswim ... also @stephencurry30 yaaaaaaas."

Stephen isn't a stranger to showing off his vocal chords -- last season, he hit the late-night screen with an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" alongside James Corden

De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut

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De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut

SACRAMENTO -- Watching tape of De’Aaron Fox looks like a video stuck on fast forward. The comparisons to John Wall don’t do him justice. Teams deliberately sag off the rookie and dare him to shoot and he still manages to race by them in a blur.

If his opening night performance against the Houston Rockets was any indication, the Kings have landed a special player. From barking orders on the court to his teammates to going at NBA veteran defenders, Fox looked ready for primetime just 24 minutes into his professional career.

“I got to get my first NBA game out the way, I think it went well,” Fox told a huge crowd surrounding his locker. “We played hard. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we wanted to get the W, but there’s a lot of things we learned out of today.”

Dressed in a burgundy suit and shoes that would have made Omri Casspi blush, the rookie hung around for way too long after the game, giving every camera and microphone a good talking to. He’ll learn quickly that the media is drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

His numbers look modest - 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting and five assists. But he was facing a title contender in the Houston Rockets and the moment wasn’t too big for the 19-year-old point guard. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni even showed the rookie respect when he shifted one of his better defenders in Trevor Ariza over to cover the speedster.

“This is game 1, we’re not expecting him to be a Hall of Famer right now,” George Hill said. “It takes steps to do it and baby crawls. But I think he took a huge step today in proving what he can do. He looked good out there.”

Hill started in front of Fox, but the two guards played alongside each other for plenty of minutes. That is the plan this season, although there are plenty of other players vying for minutes in the backcourt.

Everyone in the building seemed impressed by the youngster. He has an ability to drop the pedal down on an opponent and then downshift on the fly to stay under control.

“He’s pretty fast, you know,” Dave Joerger said of his star rookie. “He has a terrific charisma about him and I think he’ll be fun to play with.”

His teammates appeared to have no problems keeping up. They ran the floor and pushed the tempo when Fox was in the game and the team seems to feed off his energy.

“They play hard, man,” Vince Carter said of Fox and team’s other young players players. “They just go for it and that’s all you can ask. It’s just great and it’s going to get better. You can show them all the film you want, but they’re not going to learn until they get thrown into the fire. That’s the best lesson.”

Game 1 is in the books and Fox is already earning a longer look. The team embarks on their first road trip of the season beginning Friday night against the Mavericks. Waiting for them in Dallas is another young point guard in Dennis Smith Jr., setting up the first of many battles between the star-studded draft class of 2017.