Kevin Johnson, Gavin Maloof Interviewed Together At NBA Draft Lottery

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Minutes before the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, ESPN's Heather Cox held a quick interview session with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings owner Gavin Maloof, who've recently been combatants in an ongoing legal saga of which you might be aware: the Maloof family's attempt to move the team to Anaheim.

Photo above via @mikepradasbn; photo below via @jose3030.

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The pair restrained from slugging each other, though Johnson is clearly the more polished television presence. The former Suns point guard put his arm around Maloof multiple times seconds after the owner insisted he still planned to move the team out of Sactown, treating him like a younger brother while thanking him for giving the team another season to get an arena built.

"We went back and forth and had some tuggles," a smiling Johnson said while jostling Maloof by the shoulders and gesturing towards his chest. It was pretty hilarious.

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