Around the office, we'd started calling Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson "Ahab," hunting for his mystical "whale" that would have enough money to counter offer Chris Hansen and the gang for the Kings franchise.
But our stinging mockery aside, the mammoth investor KJ's harpooned is already showing some distressingly earnest interest in buying the team.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Ron Burkle met Thursday with NBA Commissioner David Stern about the possibility of buying the Kings and building them a new arena in downtown Sac Town (we're assuming cool people call Sacramento Sac Town).
"The focus of the discussion between Burkle and Stern was the "future position of Sacramento as an NBA city," the Bee reports.
Burkle, whose net worth is listed as 3.2 billion, and 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov are Sacramento's best chance at retaining their franchise after the despised Maloof brothers sold the team to Chris Hansen and other investors, including Steve "Baller" Ballmer (giffed below). If the Hansen sale goes through, the Seattle Sonics could be playing ball by next season.