Despite a unanimous vote by the NBA's relocation committee to recommend rejection of the proposed Kings' move to Seattle on Monday, Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer apparently are devoted to seeing this all of the way through to the full NBA Board of Governors' vote on May 15.
Hansen released this statement on his website late Monday.
While we are disappointed with the relocation committee's recommendation, we just wanted to let you all know that we remain fully committed to seeing this transaction through. As you are all well aware, we have a binding transaction to purchase the Kings for what would be a record price for an NBA franchise, have one of the best ownership groups ever assembled to purchase a professional sports team in the US, have clearly demonstrated that we have a much more solid Arena plan, have offered a much higher price than the yet to be finalized Sacramento Group, and have placed all of the funds to close the transaction into escrow. As such, we plan to unequivocally state our case for both relocation and our plan to move forward with the transaction to the league and owners at the upcoming Board of Governor's Meeting in Mid-May.
When we started this process everyone thought it was impossible. While this represents yet another obstacle to achieving our goal, I just wanted to reassure all of you that we have numerous options at our disposal and have absolutely no plans to give up. Impossible is nothing but a state of mind.
Then he -- no joke, this is not a joke -- quoted Muhammad Ali. The unforgettable "impossible is nothing" quote. I wish I were making this up. Not sure many Very Rich hedge fund investors get opportunities to drop Ali quotes too often, so might as well take the opportunity.
More power to them. Hansen has put a lot of dough on this deal, and there isn't an obvious relocation option. Despite total rejection of his plan by seven of the 30 NBA owners, he might as well see it through.
Good luck. <--- Chris Webber voice.