One thing that must not be forgotten in this arena drama is that NBA commissioner David Stern is an employee of the Maloofs. It’s never good when your poor business tactics are questioned by your employees and customers, as is the case for the Maloofs.
David Stern was quizzed by the Sacramento Bee yesterday in regards to the drama, and make no mistake, David Stern is very careful with his words and his availability. This was no fly-by-night interview just to be a nice guy, it was a completely political move, one that shot daggers towards the Maloof family:
“We had come up with a scenario where the Kings could move into the building without putting a dollar of cash down,” Commissioner David Stern said in a phone interview with The Bee. “We were not attempting to induce them to make a deal that would be unprofitable for them.”
But Stern said the NBA viewed the deal as a solid one for all parties, including the team, otherwise it would not have put up its own money. He said the Kings could have said no “in a somewhat more eloquent way” than by hiring a Los Angeles public relations firm “to try to damage the deal from a PR perspective.”
“I have the feeling that a lot of people wasted a lot of time here,” Stern said.
After alienating Mayor Johnson, David Stern and the Sacramento fans and community, the Maloofs find themselves in a hole that not even a skilled mountaineer could climb out of.