Friday, April 19, 2013
We were slipped a copy of the alleged original letter from George Maloof to the NBA. Here are some of the juicier, redacted portions of the letter:
"The offer from the Sacramento group was, plain and simple, just paltry. Chicken feed. Play money. In fact, we're not sure this Vivek guy is even real. Does he have a checking account? We've never seen proper I.D."
"I ran the Palms in Vegas. Maybe you've heard of it. It was the hottest place in town. I know all about good deals. And this deal from this so- called group of whales is not good. And please, don't tell me I ran the Palms into the ground. That is all speculation and rumors being spread by a dubious clandestine Sacramento organization"
"We tried to make it work in Sacramento. We did what every red-blooded NBA owner in the league would do ... We tried to bleed every last cent of public money from the city in exchange for the right to take every penny of profit from a new arena, parking and naming rights."
"Mr. Stern, sometimes I get the feeling you think we are amateurs in the world of business. You treat us like we are little boys running a lemonade stand. Well, I tell you this: You are a stinky face."
"We really respect the fans of Sacramento. We would never want to treat them badly. But c'mon, Seattle! Coffee. Alt bands. Guys with very heavy wallets. How could we not choose them?"
"Mayor Kevin Johnson hasn't been that fair with us. I think he's upset that we don't kiss his feet and call him King KJ. But look, we don't want to be responsible for the homeless of Sacramento going hungry. Or for half the elementary schools to close. Or for criminals to take to the streets. That's why don't want to take the Sacramento deal. We're doing it for the citizens. God bless them."