When it comes to the pending decision of the NBA Board of Governors regarding the future home of the Sacramento Kings, one of the most common sentiments among media pundits, folks in Seattle, and possibly even some of us in Sacramento is that the NBA Board of Governors will be very hesitant to tell one of their own what they can or can't do with their franchise. This is presumably because one day those same owners may want to cut bait, rip the heart out of their team's community, and sell their franchise to another group, out of town investor, or interstellar alien overlord if they so choose. Bottom line; they want to keep their options open. Usually the statement is phrased in the manner of, "the BoG won't, or can't, tell the Maloofs who they can sell to". This is solid reasoning... Until, of course, you factor logic into the equation.
If you were on board with this argument until now, then congratulations! You've won the first edition of "Are you delusional?"
Now I'll explain why you are, in fact, delusional. The NBA Board of Governors exists for a reason. That reason is to promote and expand the NBA, while making solid returns on their investments of owning teams. Of course they want to be able to make decisions for their own franchises, especially when it comes to turning the largest profit possible. But as the formerly mentioned argument implies, if owners only want to do whatever is best for them, then why is there a Board of Governors at all? Why is there an approval process for relocation and franchise sales? You might say, "to stop bad owners from making decisions that hurt the league, of course!". Unfortunately, that still contradicts owners doing whatever they want.
If owners truly were afraid of setting a precedence by telling another owner who they can or can't sell to, then the NBA Board of Governors would be irrelevant. As it stands, its not irrelevant, and that is why anyone who believes the owners will simply vote to protect their hypothetical future rights is delusional. Don't get me wrong, the BoG could rule either way in the case of the sale and relocation of the Sacramento Kings, but this line of thinking needs to be put to rest. There are good reasons for either side to be optimistic right now, but this is not one of them.
This article was inspired largely by listening to Ric Bucher spray rhetorical, nonsensical, and ignorant diarrhea from his mouth on Seattle sports radio.