SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
Just the fact that California's capital still has an NBA team might make this season a success already. The city won its fight to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle in May, and the franchise finally appears to be on firm footing again.
Owner Vivek Ranadive has declared over and over since buying the Kings from the Maloof family that it's a new era.
The TIBCO software chairman has delivered on that promise so far. He hired a new coach (Mike Malone), new general manager (Pete D'Alessandro) and a Hall of Fame consultant (Chris Mullin) along with bringing in a flashy new minority investor (Shaquille O'Neal) that will surely bring more attention to Sacramento.