KHTK's Carmichael Dave Leads Sacramento Kings Fans In Post-Game Rally To Keep Team From Moving
April 14, 2011 at 4:30 AM (PT)
The grass-roots campaign launched by CBS RADIO Sports KHTK-A/SACRAMENTO "DON GERONIMO SHOW" producer CARMICHAEL DAVE to keep the SACRAMENTO KINGS from moving to ANAHEIM kept a large portion of the sold-out crowd attending what might have been the team's last game in town in their seats long after the game ended, with thousands of fans chanting "Here We Stay!"
"I don't know about you," DAVE told the crowd at POWER BALANCE PAVILION (formerly ARCO ARENA), "but, watching what's happened tonight just reinforces the fact that regardless of what happens, everybody from now on and forever will be able to say, there are no better fans in the world than SACRAMENTO KINGS fans.... This is not over by a long shot, it's really not." DAVE exhorted the crowd to keep the "Here We Build" movement, which is raising pledges towards building the new arena that the KINGS have long demanded from the city as a condition of staying in town, going despite the end of the season and a pending decision on the move.
A move to ANAHEIM's HONDA CENTER for next season will require the team to file its request by MONDAY and will need approval by a vote of the other NBA teams. SACRAMENTO Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON, the former NBA player, left WEDNESDAY's loss to the LOS ANGELES LAKERS after the first quarter to fly to NEW YORK to make a last-minute appeal to the league to keep the franchise in CALIFORNIA's state capital. The KINGS moved to SACRAMENTO from KANSAS CITY in 1985 and previously played as the ROCHESTER ROYALS and CINCINNATI ROYALS. The MALOOF brothers, owners of the franchise, have filed trademarks for several variants of "ANAHEIM ROYALS"; neither Joe nor GAVIN MALOOF attended the final game, but will be in NEW YORK with ANAHEIM Mayor TOM TAIT TODAY and TOMORROW pitching the proposed move to the league.
See DAVE address the remaining crowd almost an hour after the game's conclusion WEDNESDAY night by clicking here.