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Published April 8, 2013
IMPACT ON STERN'S LEGACY: In Seattle, Jerry Brewer wrote NBA Commissioner David Stern "appeared haggard, humbled and, yes, even human" last week at the NBA BOG meeting in N.Y. The decision as to whether the Kings should be relocated is "so weighty that Stern didn't pile on with his usual snarky remarks." He is "listening, searching for the right answer." Or "maybe it should be characterized as trying to avoid the wrong answer." Brewer: "This is not just a good chance for the NBA to return to Seattle. It's quite possibly the league's last chance, too" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/7). In Boston, Gary Washburn wrote the decision on where the Kings end up could "determine part of Stern's legacy." He is "attempting to steer responsibility toward" the BOG, but along with Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver, he will "definitely have a say." Stern would "love to leave the decision up to the Relocation Committee" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/7).
WEALTH OF NATIONS: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin wrote under the header, "NBA's Interest In India May Be Boon For Kings." India is the "next NBA frontier." Warriors Vice Chair and Kings bidder Vivek Ranadivé's recent inclusion into the group "not only financially strengthened Sacramento's bid, it introduced a unique and tantalizing element into the equation: the potential presence of an Indian-born owner to put a face on the league's forays into the second-most heavily populated country in the world" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 4/7).