Former Husky Isaiah Thomas calls Kings' state of flux 'weird'
Thomas has mixed feelings as there are few signs much is different in Sacramento after news that the Maloofs have reached an agreement to sell the team to a group from Seattle.
Seattle Times staff reporter
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Isaiah Thomas is used to being one of the fastest players on the basketball court.
When it comes to matters off the court these days, however, he's finding it hard to keep up.
"There's just so much going on, I don't really know what to think," said the second-year guard for the Sacramento Kings, whose future remains in doubt after the news Monday that the current owners, the Maloof family, had reached an agreement to sell the team to a group from Seattle.
Thomas spoke about an hour before Wednesday night's game against Phoenix at Sleep Train Arena, the first for the team at home since the announcement was made.
The game, though, felt like any other, with an arena maybe two-thirds full at tipoff to see a matchup of the two bottom teams in the Pacific Division. Sacramento fans have endured rumors about their fate of their team for more than three years. So they didn't seem to treat Wednesday's game as any different than any other the last few years. There were a couple of signs of support acknowledging the recent developments. Otherwise, it appeared like another day at the office.
As Thomas said, the issue remains cloudy enough that it's hard for anyone here to really know what the future of the team is, with Sacramento countering Monday's news with announcements the last two days of renewed efforts to keep the Kings.
As a native of Tacoma and then a three-year standout at Washington, Thomas is in a challenging position with the team potentially headed back to his hometown.
"It's definitely weird for me," he said. "Like everybody knows, I'm from that area and I played college basketball in Seattle and I have a pretty good fan base there. I know what the fans are like there. But then being in the situation here where the fans have embraced me and brought me in with open arms, I can't thank them enough."
(Another Seattle area player on the team, guard Aaron Brooks of Franklin High, said he didn't want to comment on the news of the possible move to his hometown with the situation still so uncertain.)
Thomas repeated what players and coaches often say in these situations — that they are trying to concern themselves with what they can control.
"The only thing I can do is control playing basketball," he said. "I can't control where we will be playing."
Thomas said he doesn't have much trouble setting aside the uncertainty of the franchise's future when he's on the court.
The rest of the day, though, is another matter.
"Everywhere you go, someone is asking you, 'Are you staying in Sacramento?' " he said. "Or just family and friends back home are asking me, 'You coming back to Seattle? Are you happy about playing with the Sonics?' It's nonstop, and it's going to be like that until whatever happens, happens."
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