By Sports Radio KJR Staff
Wednesday was a big day for the city of Seattle in their effort for the return of the NBA. Investor Chris Hansen led a group that included Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Steve Ballmer, Erick and Pete Nordstrom and George Maloof, as they made their pitch to the NBA Board of Governors on why Seattle would be the right choice to relocate the Kings.
As you know by know, Hansen and his ownership group have reached an agreement to purchase 65 percent of the Kings from the Maloof brothers. Wednesday's meeting, which included the local ownership group from Sacramento trying to keep the Kings in town, was a progress report, so to speak on the two proposals.
Hansen and his group were first up in front of the NBA Board of Governors. Afterwards, in a rare interview in the last few months, Hansen addressed the media.
As has been his custom, Hansen did not divulge any new information on his agreement with the Maloof brothers, instead citing several times that what was said inside with the Board of Governors would remain private.
Even though, Hansen was his normal soft spoken self, he certainly didn't lack any confidence when addressing why Seattle is the right destination afterwards with the media.
"I think my confidence is really from the fact that we really have been working on this very hard for two and a half years, I think you have to appreciate that. 883 days to be exact that we started on this mission," Hansen said.
In addition, Hansen talked about moving forward and having no ill-will toward the NBA after the Sonics left in 2008 for Oklahoma City.
"I just think you don't get anywhere in life looking backwards and dwelling on things that have gone wrong. The counter to that is, also, is that sometimes you have to lose something that you really hold precious and dear to really realize how much it means to you," said Hansen.
Along with Hansen in the meeting, was Mayor Mike McGinn, who has championed the return of the Sonics from the get go. Once the meeting was finished he joined Ian Furness and Jason Puckett to discuss how the meeting went.
"I think the primary objective today was to learn and to understand what the proposal was and to get an understanding of it," McGinn said.
One of the issues that has been brought up when it comes to questioning the Seattle deal, are the impending lawsuits: I-91 and the appeal of the EIS report. Many have stated over and over that I-91 will not be an issue, so McGinn was asked today about that issue and whether or not the NBA had any issues with it? The Mayor noted that Hansen talked about I-91 and told the Board of Governors that it won't be an issue.
"There weren't any questions asked about it afterwards," McGinn said.
Among the Hansen group was one surprise guest, George Maloof, who spoke on the behalf of Hansen. McGinn told Furness and Puckett that George had only positive things to say to the NBA about Hansen and his group, calling them "great stewards of the NBA" and they (Maloof brothers) wanted to express their support of the deal.
Later in the day, both Kevin Johnson and NBA commissioner David Stern addressed the press. Johnson expressed optimism that a deal will be reached to keep the Kings in Seattle and Stern said that there is a chance that they don't have a firm announcement on April 19 on the future of the team.
The Seattle and Sacramento group will reconvene on April 18-19 in New York City and it's expected at that time that the NBA Board of Governors will make a decision on the future of the Kings.