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March 23, 2011
Anaheim mayor 'very excited' about possible arrival of Kings

By Bill Lindelof

Anaheim officials have broken their silence on the possible move of the Sacramento Kings to their city.

City leaders have been silent on a plan being thrown around to possibly issue bonds to pay for improvements at the Honda Center, the presumed future home of the Sacramento Kings should the Kings leave town.

"The good news is that we are continuing to move closer to bringing a professional basketball team to Anaheim," Mayor Tom Tait said during comments at the end of the council's agenda. "Because there are ongoing discussions and negotiations, I have just a few details to share tonight. More information will be forthcoming in the next week or so."

Tait said that no taxpayer money would be used to bring the Kings to Anaheim. The council postponed discussion on bond funding Tuesday night. The council will take up that item March 29.

"This is something this city has been waiting 18 years for," Tait told the Orange County Register in an interview after the meeting. "I am very excited."

City officials in Anaheim have told Orange County media in the past that certain improvements would need to be made to the Honda Center to make it suitable for an NBA tenant.

For the full Orange County register story, click here.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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