After all these years, all the failed arena attempts, all the angst of that wrenching night last April – with the Lakers of all teams visiting for what appeared to be the Kings' Sacramento finale – this is the earth moving, the ground shaking.
This is really happening. The Kings are staying, winning that seventh game. David Stern called the plays, Kevin Johnson hit the free throws, and Joe and Gavin Maloof were clutch when they absolutely needed to be, as they swore they would be.
An tentative arena deal.
A legitimate partnership.
A workable, viable, believable plan to present next to the City Council.
The Kings – and the community – are on the verge of writing one of the most improbable, memorable and sappiest stories in modern professional sports.