Kings chief topic at NBA commissioner Stern's last briefing
TribLIVE Sports Videos
HOUSTON — No new details on Sacramento against Seattle, though the next All-Star decision might be New York versus New York.
NBA commissioner David Stern fielded numerous questions Saturday but provided little news about the future of the Sacramento Kings during his last All-Star Weekend news conference.
A Seattle group has reached an agreement to buy the team from the Maloof family with the goal of moving it to the Northwest, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying to keep the Kings in California's capital.
Stern said owners will continue to discuss the plans and will hear from Mayor Kevin Johnson with the goal of deciding at their April board meeting. Without saying how, Stern said Sacramento has a chance of beating out what he has said is a strong bid from the Seattle group.
“Oh, certainly it's plausible to me, but I don't have a vote,” Stern said. “But I expect the owners to have a very open mind on this. And it isn't plausible yet to talk about it until the predicates have been fulfilled.”
Stern plans to retire on Feb. 1, 2014, on what would be the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the job. The 2014 game is going to New Orleans, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the 2015 event is likely headed to either the Knicks' Madison Square Garden or the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Silver didn't say when a decision would be made.
Sacramento may be out of the NBA business by then. A Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer has reached an agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at $525 million, and move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The deal will cost the Hansen group a little more than $340 million.
Johnson has asked for and been granted a chance to deliver a competing offer, which is expected by March 1, and to address the board. And he insists his city has a “competitive advantage” because the NBA previously approved Sacramento's financing plans for a new arena last year when it thought it had brokered a deal between the Maloofs and the city that the owners later pulled out of.
“We're going to deliver a brand new arena downtown. At the end of the day, that's a key variable and I think it gives us a competitive advantage,” Johnson said in a separate press conference. “We have a deal that was approved by the NBA already, where the city has a significant public investment that we're willing to put forward, to build a brand new arena. That's a key reason why unfortunately a team left Seattle and why teams do leave, is you can't get arena deals done.”
Stern was asked if the decision will come down strictly to the arena deal.
“This is strictly about what the owners decide,” he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- South Fayette again defeats Aliquippa to defend WPIAL Class AA title
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ absence will alter roles on penalty kill
- Tire comes off, hits oncoming car, kills 1 on Route 28
- Stock market logs 5th straight week of gains as Dow hits record high
- Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
- Sonata exudes class
- Know flat-rate repair times
- MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists
- ‘Hunger Games’ salute leads to arrests
- Play of nose tackles could have impact on Steelers’ stretch run
- Ignoring expired ‘mandate’