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Ranadivé Wants NBA Kings To Be A "Global Brand;" Sacramento Group Adds Names
Published April 16, 2013
KING DAVID: NBA.com's David Aldridge wrote NBA Commissioner David Stern is "a master manipulator, but he doesn't always step in." A source said that Kings Owner the Maloof family, who have "never changed their minds about preferring to complete their deal" with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, "believe that Stern has indeed gone above and beyond in helping Sacramento's bid." But they also believe that he is "acting in the way a commissioner is expected to -- to try and keep franchises where they are, while also making the most money he can for the other owners" (NBA.com, 4/15).
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes, "The Kings are the story this week, but only part of the story. Win, lose, expansion -- Sacramento is the story." The city "didn't stumble meekly into the night." It "didn't cower under the massive weight of the undertaking." The "movers and shakers have been heard." Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson assembled a group that "likely would have crushed the opposition if the Seattle bidders didn't include" Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Stern would be "insane to abandon a proven franchise and walk away from a group that seemingly dropped from the heavens" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 4/16).