SACRAMENTO, CA - Long-time Sacramento resident and developer Bob Cook is one of the original owners of the Kings.
The team's pending move to Anaheim is not what Cook wanted when he brought the Kings to the river city from Kansas City 26 years ago.
"I'm a third-generation Sacramentan," Cook said. "There are five generations of my family living in Sacramento. I never intended for the Kings to leave Sacramento."
Cook has been following the developments between the Maloofs and Anaheim very closely. Even though he doesn't want to the Kings to leave, he understands the reason why.
"The Maloofs are frustrated. I've been going through this process with them and I can't blame them for wanting to move the team," Cook said. "A new multi-purpose facility should have been built years ago."
Cook, along with Joe Benvenuti, Dave Lucchetti and John Kehriotis own 35 percent of the Kings. Even though the move to Anaheim would make their stake in the Kings more valuable, Cook said that's not what matters to him.
"If the team moves to Anaheim, then city of Sacramento will go backwards. In this economy, Sacramento can't afford to go backwards, " Cook said.
Cook compared the deal to move the Kings to a Rubix Cube.
"Just when you think you have one side fixed, something slips up on another side."
Cook said the deal is very complicated and he is keeping his fingers crossed.
Written by Darla Givens, email@example.com