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An inside account of NBA Commissioner David Stern's obsession with building a home for the Sacramento Kings, a tragically cursed, road-weary basketball team in Northern California.

Stern worked more than a decade to anchor the Kings in Sacramento, guiding NBA owners to reject a record-setting offer from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to move the franchise to Seattle.

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Paperback, First Edition, 327 pages
Published September 21st 2013 by R.E. Graswich; First edition (September 21, 2013)
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George Brown
Jan 05, 2014 George Brown rated it it was amazing
As a follower of R.E.'s work since his sports writing days at the Sac Bee, I have always been intrigued with his stories which made me thirsting for more. The book on the delinquent sports franchise was a snaring experience (I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it) that showcased a version of the Sac Kings drama that is not widely known. The perspective that "Vagrant Kings" gives the reader on team and the city of Sacramento is a much needed wake up call, his reportage calling upon ...more
Nancy
Nov 17, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
It was...ok. A LOT of history. I skimmed a lot of the Rochester/Cincinnati stuff. And there were some inaccuracies in the Sacramento stuff. At least not as I remembered it. And some of it.... I was involved in and it wasn't precisely the way Bob said it was.

I don't DISLIKE Bob, personally. But I do know he has a perspective that has not always been favorable towards the team. I think his reporting of events in this book is colored by this bias. Yes...I admit... I have a pro-team bias.

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R.E. Graswich bridged the gap between politics and pro sports with his new book, "Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA's Orphan Team," an unprecedented inside account of how NBA Commissioner Stern and Sacramento Mayor Johnson anchored a transient, small-market team.

An award-winning journalist for more than three decades, Graswich was a sportswriter and news columnist for The Sacra
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“David Stern might be the smartest executive in the history of professional sports. His obsession with the Vagrant Kings is one of the strangest stories.” 1 likes
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