Stern talks Seattle-Sacramento future during NBA All-Star weekend



HOUSTON - While the city of Houston was all abuzz for the NBA All-Star game throughout the weekend, one of the biggest talks was about Seattle and Sacramento.


During a press conference with NBA Commissioner David Stern, many asked questions regarding the future of the Sacramento Kings.


A Seattle group led by Chris Hansen already has a purchase agreement to buy the Kings.


With the NBA approval, the new Seattle Sonics will play in the Key Arena in the fall.


There is also artist conceptions and financial agreement for a $500 million NBA arena in SoDo.


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Essex Porter asked Stern, “Is there anything more the City of Seattle needs to do to ensure that it’s in the best position to get a team?”


“Not that I’m aware of,” Stern said. “There’s a great and strong application from a terrific city.”


Sacramento’s mayor Kevin Johnson, has spent two days in Houston trying to lobby decision makers, but hasn’t been able to meet with Stern.


“I’m feeling very focused and confident, I think our city has delivered, time and time again,” Johnson said.


Stern said that it was plausible that Sacramento could keep the team.


NBA owners will make their final decision on April 18. Mayor Johnson will meet with them to listen to his city’s presentation a few weeks before.