Stern credited Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s last-minute plan to have Pittsburgh Penguins owner (and Magic Johnson pal) Ron Burkle buy the team and build a new arena in its current home town — via a “public-private partnership,” which is accepted code for “we haven’t figured it out yet” — as the proximate cause of the delay. “The mayor’s vision we don’t know if it’s real or pie-in-the-sky, but we’ll knock ourselves out finding out over the next few weeks,” said Stern on Friday. “This is very building-focused.”
However, there are also indications that the emergence of the Burkle plan helped provide cover for NBA execs who are still waiting to hear details of the proposed Anaheim move. The L.A. Times reports:
The relocation committee headed by Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett will press the Maloofs and Honda Center officials to specify their plans for anticipated television revenue in Anaheim, and to detail arena improvement initiatives for which the city of Anaheim last month authorized $25 million in a $75-million bond package that includes undetermined relocation fees the Maloofs would owe.
That’s a lot of known unknowns, and it’s not obvious which if any of them can be cleared up in two weeks. Anyone want to lay odds on whether this is the last extension the Kings get?