The Kings are talking again about the city's quest to build a new sports arena. Well, sort of.
As I wrote yesterday, the Kings have been mostly silent on the issue for weeks, supplying only a prepared statement from team co-owner Joe Maloof.
I had asked Wednesday for a statement from the team following the City Council's decision the night before to have developer David Taylor and ICON Venue Group do a 90-day study on whether building a new facility is financially feasible. The response from the team was the e-mailed statement from Maloof.
But just before 5:30 p.m. today, the team sent out a new statement:
"The Kings organization spoke with David Taylor and will provide him with the studies, research and documents done during the course of the last 11 years on the feasibility of a new sports and entertainment facility. During that time, the organization has contributed several million dollars to pay for and support traffic and engineering studies, architectural plans and other studies as well as consultants, lawyers and architects. The organization will have no further public comment on the process at this time, and will continue to focus each day on improving the basketball team."
Taylor had said that his first phone call in this process would be the Kings, so I guess it's a good sign for him - and the city - that the team at least took his call. Now let's see if the conversation continues.