The prospect of again spurning the city of Seattle makes commissioner David Stern uncomfortable. And the prospect of pulling the Kings out of Sacramento after nearly three decades, and a local financial commitment for a new arena, also makes him uneasy.
If Stern believed he was going to walk off quietly with his planned February 2014 retirement, he was mistaken. The decision on where the Kings end up could determine part of Stern’s legacy, especially in the Pacific Northwest. While the decision on whether they remain in Sacramento or relocate to Seattle is ultimately up to the Board of Governors, the NBA fate of two cities will be decided on Stern’s watch.