February 9, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) greets Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson (right) before the game against the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star Weekend: Early Reports On Mayor Kevin Johnson's Bid To Keep Kings In Sacramento

With the NBA masses gathering in Houston for this weekend’s All-Star festivities, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has taken it as an opportunity to lobby for his city and according to those there, the progress is going well.

Per Nick Monacelli:

Houston update: NBA execs impressed with @KJ_MayorJohnson and that Sac has approved arena plan. Could give #nbakings advantage over Seattle.

Per Dale Kasler:

Mayor’s talks on #NBAKings in houston called “productive,” “positive””

Source says NBA execs, in talks with mayor on #NBAKings, like the fact that Sacramento has ‘approved arena plan.’

With so many hurdles left for both sides to clear, it’s beginning to make the supposed April deadlines appear murky – though both sides continue to fight, for obvious reasons.

Mayor Johnson, who essentially traveled to Houston short of any entourage, will continue to promote Sacramento as the Kings home during his trip in the Lone Star state despite not officially naming any big money investors (at least publicly) as of yet.

Still – given the All-Star game is just about the only event throughout the season where the brain-trusts of both the NBA and BOG (board of governors) meet, it’s an obvious choice for Johnson to display his message.

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