Author R.E. Graswich wrote a book detailing how Sacramento was able to keep the Kings. In his book, there’s a part where he claims former NBA player and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson hates the Kings.
“Kevin Johnson hates the Kings,” said author R.E. Graswich. “He still holds a grudge from 1987 when they drafted Kenny Smith one spot ahead of Kevin Johnson.”
It’s up to you to believe this or not, but I find it hard to believe Johnson holds a 26-year grudge. Johnson was born in Sacramento, so I can see how he would’ve been upset.
But something tells me he’s over it by now.