Here in Sacramento, we have as much interest as anyone in ascertaining what David Stern's announced retirement means for the future. Our team is at stake. So when Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the commissioner wants a team back in Seattle before his tenure ends on February 1, 2014, it's worth a gulp or two.
Between now and his departure, Stern is determined to get a franchise back into Seattle, league sources said. He has become a strong ally of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's group to bring back the NBA there. Ballmer's group has been trying to get the Maloof family to sell the Sacramento Kings, so that the franchise can eventually play in a new arena in Seattle.
From the league office, pressure on the Maloofs to sell has been growing, sources said - just as hopes for a new Sacramento arena have been fading.
I, for one, fail to see how screwing one great NBA market to make another whole fixes the problem.