While I have personally felt that the NBA (assuming the Kings remain in Sacramento) will eventually grant expansion to Seattle – NBA Commissioner David Stern reiterated today that there will be a disappointed city come the NBA owner vote, which is expected within the next two to three weeks.
Speaking with the APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors), Stern covered a handful of NBA topics – one of which was the Kings relocation. The Commissioner has struggled to outright deny expansion – continually stating it’s not an option “right now” and that he doesn’t want other cities to see expansion as a “quick fix”, but Stern may have put his foot down the hardest today when he stated that one city isn’t going to be happy:
#Kings: Our concern is that there has to b a loser. .. One of the cities is going to b disappointed. That’s the hard part.” #Sonics
Of course – again – the disappointment (if Sacramento wins) may only be temporary for Seattle as it’s extremely unlikely the NBA would announce any potential expansion after the owner vote, but still, whatever side comes out on the wrong end – it’ll be a shot to the heart of the fanbase.
Stern also suggested that he expects a vote by NBA owners by May 13th, though, it’s likely we’ll know of the Board of Governors recommendation decision as early as Monday after they meet as they’re expected to give their final recommendation at that time.
The complete panel of NBA owners will have the final say, via vote, though in past situations the owners tend to lean towards the BOG’s recommendations and that’s likely to be the case here again.