Jun 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern (right) addresses the media before game one between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Commissioner David Stern On Kings - "I Love Sacramento"

NBA Commissioner David Stern appeared on NBATV prior to tonight’s game three of the 2012 NBA Finals and was yet again quizzed on the Sacramento Kings arena situation. Little new information was given, though Stern, always careful with his words – every single one of them – made sure to make one thing clear in the interview. He loves Sacramento and their fans.

There is no deadline – the ownership has said they’re going to stay in Sacramento, and they’re considering remodeling the old arena. If it is brought up to a better standard I think they’ll be happy there and it would keep it there for a number of years. It was their right not to go forward with the deal and that’s fine. And I lovvve Sacramento, because the fans there. Anyone who gets Phil Jackson upset because of cowbells, I mean that’s, Phil never gets upset.

Stern has continually blasted the Maloofs in his calculated words ever since the arena deal fell through and has publicly admitted disappointment in the Maloof family, so Stern’s professing of love towards Sacramento and their fans shouldn’t be just taken as coincidence.

You can watch Stern talk about the NBA Finals, CBA, NBA lottery, Olympics and the Kings below (Sacramento talk begins at 5:30 or so):

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