Kings center DeMarcus Cousins reacts to news of the Kings staying in Sacramento for at least one more year.
SACRAMENTO, CA - During the Sacramento Kings entire will-they-or-won't-they saga, it's been no secret that many of the team's players were rooting for Sacramento, and when the team's owners announced their decision to stay in town for at least one more year many of the players cheered the decision -- on twitter.
At least seven members of the current squad tweeted their love for the river city. Among them, Demarcus Cousins, who said "Man this has been a great day...Found out the Kings are staying in Sacramento and I'm heading back to Lexington today. #HereWeStay".
Even newcomer Marcus Thornton, who has only been a King since February, had learned that the Kings are Sacramento's team, writing "that was owed to those fans they have been very loyal."
Now retired Kings legend Chris Webber had been vocal about keeping the team in Sacramento, and he kept it up today on twitter. "SACRAMENTO! It's true!," he tweeted, "One more year! But Trust me! We are working to make it a LIFETIME! Keep the faith!"
And C-Webb ended his tweet with a little dig at the City of Anaheim. "Lot of Haters are sick right now!" he wrote.
Former King Carl Landry, who was traded for Thornton in February, also tweeted his support for the Kings remaining in Sacramento saying "Sacramento is a basketball city...u guys deserve it!!!"
Beyond the twitter-sphere, News10 tracked down Kings forward Donte Greene via Skype shortly after Monday's announcement.
"(Sacramento) means a lot, it gave me my start in the NBA and the start of a new beginning in my life", Greene told News10's Ryan Yamamoto. "My son's first (NBA) game was in sac and it means a lot to my family and friends."
News10's Sean Cunningham caught up with Gary Gerould at his Greenhaven home, the Kings radio voice for all 26 seasons in Sacramento, who said he was surprised by the decision.
"It's great to know we'll have another year of Sacramento Kings basketball", Gerould said. "Even up until yesterday, I'm thinking 'this is such a long shot deal'. And I was obviously elated to hear the decision had been made for at least one more season."
Gerould thought he had called his last game on April 13 when the Kings ended their season with a 116-108 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in front of a sell-out crowd.
"The turn-around, obviously what has happened in the last two weeks is astounding," Gerould said. "I give so much credit to (Sacramento Mayor) Kevin Johnson. His vision and the fact he's willing to step out there in front of the firing line, is really
impressive in my book."
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net