Stern Says No Kings Decision Until May
If you thought NBA Commissioner David Stern might offer some clarity on the future of the Kings today – sorry!
During his press conference after two days of meetings with the NBA Board of Governors, Stern gave no hint at the direction the NBA might be leaning in the battle over the Kings.
Stern, who is widely thought to be pro-Sacramento, bristled at a reporter who asked if he is trying to influence the Board of Governors decision. “…the answer is no.”, was Stern’s response, and he added he couldn’t understand where a question like that would come from.
In spite of multiple reports to the contrary, the Commissioner also said there is nothing wrong with the Sacramento bid to buy the Kings and keep the team in Sacramento. Although, he did indicate the offer is “…not as complete as it probably is going to be by close of business today or tomorrow. There is a down payment. It is binding. It’s in the ballpark and it’s there.”
Regarding Sacramento’s ability to pay for the team and the arena, Stern indicated the league is mostly satisfied in that regard, but added, …”there are other issues that we just need some more answers on.”
The Maloofs again on Friday expressed a preference to sell the Kings to the Seattle group, as soon as possible. According to the timetable laid out by Stern Friday, the final decision on the future of the Kings won’t be known until all NBA team owners vote, probably on May 7th or 8th.
Both Stern and NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver talked on length on the complexity of the Kings issue, saying the BOG needs time to digest everything before making a decision.
On the subject of expansion, Stern said it was not discussed at the two day BOG meeting.