Utah Jazz: Unlike rowdy Kings fans, Jazz happy to get out of Sacramento after 120-109 blowout
"Heck No. We Won't Go."
"Cowbell Kingdom Forever."
"Our City Our Kings. Our Town Our Team."
"If the Kings stay, I'll mow everybody's lawn."
"Hey Seattle it ain't over yet, Burkle Up."
That last sign was in regards to Ron Burkle, one of the prospective Kings buyers whom local fans are hoping will be allowed to purchase the organization and keep it in California's capital. It's a last-ditch, grassroots effort to foil Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen's bid to purchase the club from the Maloofs and relocate it to the Emerald City.
"Hopefully, it's not (moving). It's a great community," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who played in Sacramento in 1995-96 during his 16-year playing career.
"I think the fans here have really supported the team for a number of years. It's a lot of jobs for a lot of folk. Just seeing the team leave would hurt a lot of people. It'd be an unfortunate situation if they do leave."
That decision hinges on whether Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the former Phoenix standout point guard, is able to put together an attractive-enough offer to convince the NBA's Board of Governors to deny the applied-for Seattle purchase.
Asked before Saturday's game about the fans' concerted effort to stage a rally inside the arena, Corbin thought it was a terrific idea.
"I think it's great," Corbin said. "That's what these folk have done for a number of years with this franchise. They've always supported it, in my opinion."
It wasn't so fun while the crowd went bonkers over and over again as the Kings put on a flurry of highlights, including dunk after dunk and crazy circus shots.
The crowd, hundreds of whom stayed after to show continued support, might have tipped its hand that many fans hadn't been to a game for a decade or so — and not just because attendance was 16,193, the second-highest mark of the season after the 17,317 that showed up on opening night (and ahead of the 14,367 that watched the Kings play defending champ Miami).
Late in the fourth quarter, Sacramento fans performed a well-executed wave that circled the arena multiple times.
Only question that remains to be answered: Was that a boisterous wave goodbye to Sacramento by Kings fans?
"That's incredible. I wish it could be like that every night," Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said. "With that type of energy in the building, we're a tough team to beat."
Tell the Jazz about it.
They were the only ones who wanted out of Sacramento on this night.
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