Speaking during the Atlanta Hawks – Indiana Pacers playoff game, David Stern quickly made comments about the NBA’s Relocation Committee to deny the Kings move to Seattle this afternoon.
Here are Stern’s full comments, thanks to BlazersEdge:
On NBA relocation committee’s unanimous vote against relocating Kings to Seattle and what he expects from full Board of Governors vote
“The committee has to do a report, they have to circulate it to the board and we’re planning on a board meeting on May 15. We’ll see, I can’t predict. I didn’t see a unanimous vote coming but they decided as strong as the Seattle bid was, and it was very strong, there’s some benefit that should be given to a city that has supported us for so long, and has stepped up to contribute to build a new building as well.”
Possibility of expansion
“You know, all I can say is that discussion will have to wait for [future] commissioner [Adam] Silver to oversee. Right now, expansion is not on the agenda. I would never say never. It doesn’t make a lot of sense unless we know what the new TV deal is.”
Again, for the Seattle folks, Stern simply refuses to close the door on expansion but refuses to acknowledge it currently (namely for legal purposes, IMO). Sure gives Adam Silver something to work with though as one of his first “big” moves.