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David Stern comments about Kings arena situation with typical coded message

Apr 4, 2012, 9:47 PM EST

team maloof with stern

David Stern took a moment to address the Kings arena situation in Utah before Wednesday’s game against the Suns. Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has been a great resource for the Kings arena information and he brought this quote to print:

Stern on how he feels about the Kings staying in Sacramento, compared to when a tentative deal was reached during All-Star weekend:

You know, I’m more hopeful than I am confident right now. I’m hopeful because the city of Sacramento has between last meeting and this, has been responsible for responding on a sponsorship basis, on a ticket basis and on allocating $250 million or so for a new arena. In basically a week — what’s today? Wednesday — in a week, our owners will be coming in for meetings next Thursday and next Friday, and we’ll be having the Maloofs in to talk with some group of them and we’ll see where it’s going. Very, very hopeful that it gets on track, because the owners have a respect for the Maloofs. And I think the owners also have an enormous respect for what Sacramento has done over the years in supporting an NBA franchise. And it’s always been our first preference — particularly when government agencies or states are helpful — to keep a team where a team is if they’re playing in a good facility.

Despite Stern’s downgrade from ‘confident’ to ‘hopeful,’ this should come across as pretty good news to Kings fans. The city has hit all of the marks on Stern’s list, and by making remarks about how the owners respect the Maloofs – he’s making the not-so-subtle implication that he expects them to continue earning that respect.

As I wrote earlier today, all eyes will be on the Board of Governors meetings on April 12-13 when the NBA is expected to decide what to do about the Maloofs’ recent refusal to pay arena pre-development costs.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    translation:Sacramento better have this on track by 2015 or I’ll make sure the Kings end up in a big market

  2. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    The kings don’t need a new building they need fans. That place used to be as formidable as any arena back when it was packed and they were winning. Anybody else remember the bibby, cristie, c-webb, turkoglu, and divac team? Unless you plan to play crowd noises over the PA all the new building is gonna do is put then in debt.

    • sikeologist - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      You, obviously have not been to Power Balance Pavilion. There are sections of the buildings that are closed off and empty due to the bad condition not due to the fans-base. A new building in Sacramento will rejuvenate the Downtown District and revamp the Kings franchise (also try going to a Thursday night game or buy yourself NBA League Pass and say Kings need fans.

  3. smcgaels1997 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Translation: The city has done everything it said it would do…ante up, stop playing games or believe you may think you will be going elsewhere..but it’ll be them leaving and Burkle stepping in to buy. Fan support has never been an issue in Sac..EVER..the current building sucks and there’s a proposal for a great one. The Magoofs are the issue not Sac

  4. cosanostra71 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    how did these guys get rich again? Wow are they are goofy looking dudes…

  5. jonirocit - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    These guys are slime balls . They a playing games they want to move but don’t want to look like the bad guys its like they challenged the city to 1 on 1 and lost then said wait best 2 outta 3 …then 3 outta 5 at some point these guys need to admit defeat and sell the team .

  6. mashoaf - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Didn’t they loose controlling interest of the Palms. It looks like after the meetings they may be loosing controlling interest in the in the Kings to turn things around in Sacramento.

  7. drewzducks - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Can I buy that sweet jersey on NBA.com ?

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