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Sacramento group pushes for Kings’ sale

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Sacramento business leaders are asking NBA Commission­er David Stern to strongly encourage the Maloof family to sell the Kings so a deal for a new arena can move forward.

In a letter signed by about two dozen of Sacramento’s most powerful business leaders and sent to Stern on Thursday, the group accuses Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof of not negotiatin­g in good faith.

It also questions whether the Maloofs have the finances and motivation to keep the team in Sacramento.

Family spokesman Eric Rose said the Maloofs were saddened and disappoint­ed by the letter. He said the Maloofs were not selling the team and were committed to helping fund the estimated $391 million arena, which would open for the 2015-16 season.

-Forward Lamarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers will have surgery on his right hip and miss the rest of the season. No date has been set for the arthroscop­ic procedure, which will repair a slight labrum tear. Aldridge says he has had pain for about two weeks and is unsure how the injury occurred. Aldridge is averaging 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season while shooting a career-high 51.2%. . . . The Charlotte Bobcats are shutting down Corey Maggette for the season. The injury-plagued forward will miss the remaining 10 games because of the strain in his right Achilles tendon he suffered March 30 against the Denver Nuggets. He missed four games with the injury but returned to play in the Bobcats’ last three contests in a reserve role. Maggette appeared in 32 games. He averaged 15 points and 3.9 rebounds a game in his first year with Charlotte. Maggette missed 19 games with a left hamstring injury and one with a lower-back bruise this year.

 ?? By Steve Yeater, AP ?? Under fire: Local leaders criticized Kings owners, from left, George, Gavin and Joe Maloof, shown Feb. 28, 2011.
By Steve Yeater, AP Under fire: Local leaders criticized Kings owners, from left, George, Gavin and Joe Maloof, shown Feb. 28, 2011.

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