David Stern Says Decision on Kings' Fate Still Isn't Close

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David Stern Says Decision on Kings' Fate Still Isn't Close

As the leaders from both sides of the NBA's Seattle vs. Sacramento debate presented their case to league officials and select owners on Wednesday, commissioner David Stern did nothing to halt the prolonged arguments from the two cities lobbying to house the current Sacramento Kings.

In fact, Stern admitted that this decision may be postponed even longer than anticipated:

Stern's admission came in stark contrast to the widely held assumption that the owners' meetings would be the official final resting place for the battle of these two West Coast cities. NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper had written that "a vote on the future of the Kings" would indeed be coming during those meetings in a piece published on Wednesday morning. 

Of course, Howard-Cooper also hinted at the complex layers surrounding this debate, as well as the seemingly unending cycle of arguments and counterarguments from each side.

The complexities of the conversation were not lost on Stern:

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The league is no stranger to filling out change-of-address forms on behalf of its 30 different franchises. Only 13 teams still play games in their original home cities, and six of those clubs didn't exist before 1980.

But Stern still classified this decision as being essentially unprecedented:


He also opined that with compelling arguments overflowing from both sides of the issue, the league may have a tough time coming to a concensus:
 


And as for the prospect of the league granting each city its own franchise, Stern sang a familiar tune:
 


At the end of the debate, the basketball world found itself in no more of a definitive position than that with which it opened the day:
 


So, the future of the franchise remains a mystery. And the stance of the current Kings owners, the Maloof family, hasn't changed, either:
 


It's only going to get uglier and more complicated until a decision is made.

As to when that decisive day will actually come, it's anyone's guess.

Stern included.

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