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Stern Hopes Decision On NBA Kings' Future Is Determined By Mid-April
Published February 15, 2013
SACRAMENTO PLAN A: Stern said that he has “no plans to meet with Johnson in Houston this weekend.” In Sacramento, Ryan Lillis notes Johnson and the Sacramento City Council are “scheduled to vote Tuesday on a symbolic resolution expressing support for the mayor's cause.” The resolution “touches on the city's quest to build a new arena” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/15). Johnson on Tuesday said that he “is ‘very close’ to announcing the big-money investors who will help the city make a bid to keep the Kings.” He said that the city “will present that proposal by March 1” (SEATTLETIMES.com, 2/12). In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes Johnson is “in need of a powerful performance” at the All-Star Game. Voisin: "Arm-twisting. Coaxing. Convincing. Pleading. Crossover moves and maybe a three from the corner. Backrooms and hotel suites and lobbies. Anything and everything and everywhere.” Johnson had “hoped to present the league's owners with a compelling offer for majority interest in the Kings,” but as this weekend approaches, the “major equity partners have not been identified and no agreement has been reached.” This weekend is “another chance for Johnson to chat up old friends and display his considerable leadership skills” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/15).