Lakers, Phil Jackson ramping up effort to oppose Kings’ move – NBA – SI.com

OAKLAND, Calif. — Desperate times call for desperate measures, of course, and so the situation goes in Sacramento these days.

The Kings are likely headed for Anaheim, with the Maloof family that owns the team eager to leave its small-market struggles behind and tap into the Southern California market, the second largest in the country. It is a reality that has finally been accepted by the locals, a development so heartbreaking and harrowing that they’re left longing for hope in any form.

Even if it comes courtesy of Public Enemy No. 1: Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

In a twist that is thick with irony and breaks every rivalry rule ever written, it appears the Lakers and their oft-despised coach might offer the best chance for Sacramento to keep its Kings. And with the rumblings growing louder that Lakers owner Jerry Buss is ramping up his behind-the-scenes effort to rally support against the move, Jackson played the part of public spokesman yet again on Wednesday in a way that should surely make up for the time he once infamously called Sacramento a “cow town.”

via Lakers, Phil Jackson ramping up effort to oppose Kings’ move – NBA – SI.com.

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