As if Vivek Ranadivé hasn’t already pulled out all the stops, it has been reported that NBA Commissioner David Stern will attend the Kings season home opener in Sacramento.
Per Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee:
While speaking with league sources about the four-year contract extension DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to with the Kings in principle, I learned another interesting bit of information: NBA Commissioner David Stern plans to attend the Kings home/season opener Oct. 30 at Sleep Train Arena.
Following recent news of Shaquille O’Neal becoming a part owner in the franchise, and a report of a max contract extension for DeMarcus Cousins, one could say Stern partaking in the pageantry of opening night is just the topping on the cake.
This is a BIG deal. Something pretty special has to be going on for the commissioner of the NBA to take time out of his very busy schedule to fly to Sacramento on the opening night of NBA basketball.
Stern was instrumental in working with the city of Sacramento and Mayor Kevin Johnson for many years on getting an arena deal done to ensure the franchise’s long term future in California’s state capital following many futile attempts under Maloof ownership. Ultimately, he gave Sacramento every chance to retain its franchise and not letting it move to Seattle during the Chris Hansen, Maloof saga.
October 30th will be a very special night in Sacramento, and Stern’s attendance will make it all the more amazing in a night filled with memories and pageantry. I will be in attendance myself, as a fan soaking in all the glory of this wonderful story.