I've said for years since everyone started talking about Anaheim getting a NBA franchise.
The city can't support one, and anyone who thinks it can doesn't really understand that having 3 teams within 30 miles of each other doesn't work. There will not be enough fans that will decide to drop being Laker/Clipper fans to root another team just because it's in their city.
The only team that moves here will be the Clippers. Only chance the Kings move here is if the Clippers move somewhere else which won't happen and if they did it would be to Honda Center. I know Henry Samueli's fav sport is basketball so you can bet there is a chance that the Samuelis will have a team eventually.
Samueli had interest a few years back but a couple of problems arose (including Clippers).
Since then, Seattle moved to Oklahoma City. Interesting to see renewed chatter.
The NBA Development League played in Anaheim (Arsenal) from 06-09 at the Convention Center. They have now moved to Springfield, MA. Tough to sell tickets from many accounts. Of course, it's only the d-league at the Convention Center.
If we get a team, they have to be fairly competitive after the first 3-4 years or fan interest will dwindle imo. Let me guess Orange jerseys right?
I'm a Clippers fan, and them moving to Anaheim would be much easier. It's easier to get to and from the Pond than it is Staples Center (driving through that area at night is a chore.) Also, them moving to Anaheim would mean Donald Sterling would no longer be owner. Getting rid of Sterling would perhaps be the second time in sports (first time being when the Ducks won the Cup) that I would cry tears of joy. Sterling is like a dictator who runs his country into the ground, the people (fans) suffer, but he doesn't care as long as he stays wealthy. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Donald Sterling. Hate. HATE.
Sterling has made it clear he isn't selling the Clippers anytime soon (rejected offers in 2006-10). He just spent $50 million on a new practice facility in Playa Vista (2008).
The Staples lease runs through 2014(?) and remains cheap, profitable rent. Staples choose a guaranteed revenue stream over more profitable events (concerts, etc). Perhaps they will change their mind and not renew the lease (not sure if their is an option). Keep in mind: Sterling is the NBA's Al Davis ; any deal will likely be horribly complicated.
Samueli wants his own team and it only makes financial sense for Honda Center under these conditions. Of course, having three teams in a 30+ mile area is a problem for the NBA. Not to mention Anaheim was awarded and lost a NBA Development Team (Anaheim Arsenal) from 2006-09. They played at the Convention Center with very little interest.
With Seattle moving to Oklahoma City, Samueli lost another opportunity but I suspect that had to do more with NBA politics. On the bright side, Samueli's solid relationship with Bettman might help with NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Perhaps, Sterling's lease will run out and he'll finally sell the Clippers. Who knows, I haven't looked into this much lately. Perhaps something is brewing again.
While I have a soft spot for the Clippers, I'd prefer a relocated team rebranded for Anaheim; (just keep Susan out of the room during the process)
The Clippers serve kind of a different function from other pro sports teams in their respective markets. I really believe that the Clippers only exist because the many people originally from out of town want to be able to see their team when it plays here, and Lakers tickets are too much in demand. Is that dynamic still possible if they were to relocate to Anaheim?