Sacramento Kings Moving: David Stern Addresses Relocation, Ron Burkle and More
David Stern addressed the media on Friday morning morning concerning Kings ownership's bid to uproot the team from Sacramento to Anaheim, Ron Burkle's bid to purchase the team and the Maloofs' May 2 extension to file for relocation.
Stern didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement to Burkle or much solace to Kings fans still clinging to the thought of the team staying in Sacramento. But it's a start.
The following is a series of tweets from reporters following and attending Stern's presser in New York:
From ex-Sacramento Bee columnist Mark Kreidler:
Stern thinks NBA can support 3 teams in LA market. But you knew that already, or else the Anaheim thing would've died long ago.
For those asking ... Clay Bennett, head of the NBA relocation committee, is the guy who moved the Sonics from Seattle to OKC.
From Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:
And Stern punts on whether he likes the idea of a third team in Southern California.
Stern: The issue in Sacramento is whether there is the will or the ability to build a new arena for an NBA team.
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:
Don't underestimate the power of Lakers owner Jerry Buss with Stern and ownership peers. Buss will do anything to keep Kings out of SoCal.
From Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee:
Commish Stern says the Burkle ownership proposal is "not a high priority on our agenda" in considering Kings relocation to Anaheim
Certainly the Maloofs can't be pleased with the recent developments—otherwise they wouldn't have filed for an extension to file, which seemed all-but certain they'd do so on Monday.
At least for Kings fans, most of whom assumed that the team was absolutely bolting for Anaheim (hand raised), can cling to at least an unlikely possibility that Sacramento's only major franchise will stay in town.
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