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April 13, 2011
Anaheim officials will address NBA Board of Governors

By Dale Kasler

The Maloof family won't be the only group urging NBA executives to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim.

Leaders from Anaheim are flying to the NBA's Board of Governors meeting in New York on Thursday to address the league on the topic. The league meetings begin at the St. Regis Hotel the morning after what is likely to be the last Kings game in Sacramento, tonight's sold-out contest against the Lakers.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, addressing his City Council on Tuesday, said he will "let them know this city is NBA ready."

According to the Orange County Register, Tait will be accompanied by City Manager Tom Wood and the two top executives of the Honda Center arena - Henry Samueli and Michael Schulman. Samueli owns hockey's Anaheim Ducks and has been negotiating with the Maloofs to move the team out of Sacramento.

The Maloofs, who own the team, are scheduled to meet with their fellow owners Thursday to make their case for a move to Anaheim. It's widely believed that the owners of the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are trying to rally support to block the move.

Ultimately, the move would require a majority vote of NBA owners. That vote might not take place until this fall.

Separately, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is making his own appeal to the league that same day. Johnson wants to persuade NBA executives that Sacramento is worthy of keeping a pro basketball team.

Call The Bee's Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066.

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