There were plenty of purple shirts and Kings jerseys at the Firestone Public House in Sacramento. Dustin Hawley picked out a purple and black Kings jersey for luck in anticipation of the decision. He says NBA Commissioner David Stern's comments made him confident the Maloof family would sell to the Sacramento investors.
"I think the chances of that are high and that was one of the things I was paying attention to when he made the initial announcement," said Hawley. "I wanted to hear him mention Vivek Ranadive and the new ownership group. And I was also very heartened to hear him mention, you know, he said the 24 hour to 48 hour timeline."
Stern said he hoped a deal could be reached within that time period.
A little farther toward downtown Sacramento, Anthony Kumar was walking into a drug store. He says the purple dress shirt he was wearing was purely coincidental considering the day, but that we was hopeful the Maloofs would sell.
"They're gonna sell it. They're gonna sell it," said Kumar. "They already got a good group with Vivek, right? I believe the Maloofs are going to do the right thing and sell it to those guys so we can keep the team here and the new ownership group can come into the arena and deal with that."For Sacramento fans, hope still springs eternal.