NBA commissioner Stern addresses Kings' future

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NBA commissioner Stern addresses Kings' future

April 27, 2011KINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEONBA PAGE NBA SCOREBOARD

CSNBayArea.com staff

NBA commissioner David Stern spoke to Dan Patrick on Patrick's nationally syndicated radio program on Wednesday and outlined the status of the Kings, and what may be ahead for the franchise in the tug-of-war between the city of Sacramento and the push to relocate in Orange County.

Q: What's the status of the Sacramento Kings as of today?

Stern: Sacramento Kings as of today are in Sacramento. There's a small NBA task force on the ground seeing whether certain assurances that the mayor gave us about community support for the team -- were they to stay for one more year to develop a plan for a building -- can be reduced to writing in some shape or form. The Maloofs have until May 2 to apply to relocate. I have a meeting at 11:30 with the relocation committee and I don't have anything else to say about that right now.

Q: No paperwork has been filed by the Maloofs?

Stern: Not yet, although in fairness to the Maloofs, they haven't filed it yet but the committee pretty well understands what the relocation would be. Because it was such an important matter we sort of cranked up the committee early.

Q: But if Maloofs want to relocate but the city wants to hold on, where does the league side?

Stern: That's why commissioners appoint committees.

Q: That's a fair question. Who has final say?

Stern: The board of governors -- based on a recommendation of the relocation committee -- makes the decision.

Q: Can Southern California support three NBA teams?

Stern: Well, that's interesting you would ask. That's one of the questions under Article 7 of the constitution that governs franchise relocation. And that's one of the issues for the relocation committee to decide, along with a host of others, including whether there should be a relocation fee, and what the amount of that relocation fee should be.

Q: But do you think Southern California, you personally as the commissioner, can support three?

Stern: It's a tough one. I think at the end of the day you could probably find support for an NBA team. Would it be enough? It likely could. I find it hard to acknowledge that there wouldn't be support of an NBA team even if you put it on top of another NBA team, which happens to be the case at the Staples Center.

Q: What other possibilities, if not Sacramento or Southern California, what other city has a chance?

Stern: That's literally for the committee to begin looking at other options. It's a very complex process under the relocation provisions. and this one is particularly difficult in uncertain times. We're working on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, we're working on a new revenue-sharing proposition for our teams, we're doing a lot of things and this is a very uncertain time.

Instant Replay: Kings hold off Pistons, end five-game skid

Instant Replay: Kings hold off Pistons, end five-game skid

BOX SCORE

The Kings needed a win in a big way Monday night in Detroit and that is exactly what they got. After losing five straight, Sacramento outlasted the Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills to come away with a huge 109-104 road victory.

Ty Lawson put on the jets and ran circles around the Pistons backcourt. The veteran reserve poured in 19 points and handed out six assists in 22 minutes of action off coach Dave Joerger’s bench.

It took a while to get DeMarcus Cousins going, but the 6-foot-11 big man found his game in the second quarter. Cousins stuffed the stat sheet on his way to a 22-point, 14-rebound, six-assist night. He shot just 8-of-21 from the floor and turned the ball over six times, but he was a big part of the win.

With Cousins struggling early, Joerger received big contributions from just about everyone who entered the game, including the bench, which outscored the Pistons reserves 52-30 on the night.

Willie Cauley-Stein has found playing scarce this season, but he took advantage of his opportunity in Detroit. The second-year big scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds with the second unit. He brought an energy and excitement that the Kings desperately needed.

Darren Collison dropped in 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Matt Barnes went for 10 points and added eight rebounds and Garrett Temple chipped in 11 points and dished out four assists.

Reggie Jackson attacked the Kings defense, scoring 18 points and handing out 11 assists, but like the rest of the Pistons guards, he had no answer for Lawson.

The Kings left Jon Leuer open and the veteran forward torched them early. Leuer dropped in all 15 of his points in the first quarter, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, but foul trouble derailed him in the second half.

Tobias Harris tossed in 15 points off Stan Van Gundy’s bench. Marcus Morris hit for 13 points and All-Star center Andre Drummond finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

STANDOUT PERFORMER
Lawson was the best player on the floor for most of the night. The dynamic point guard used his speed and quickness to get into the paint and created for both himself and his teammates.

TURNING POINT
The bench took control in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 11 points at the 7:13 mark with a Lawson 3-ball. Detroit cut into the Kings lead down the stretch, but the visiting team found a way to sneak out the win.

INJURY UPDATE
Gay was scheduled to undergo surgery on his left Achilles tendon in New York on Monday. He is officially out for the season. Omri Casspi continues to be sidelined by a strained calf muscle. The original diagnosis last Monday had him sitting an estimated 1-2 weeks.  

WHAT'S NEXT
The Kings continue their season-long eight-game road trip Wednesday against the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Following the Cavs game, Sacramento travels to Indiana, followed by Charlotte for a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday against the Pacers and Hornets.

Instant Replay: Warriors go cold in Miami, winning streak ends at seven

Instant Replay: Warriors go cold in Miami, winning streak ends at seven

BOX SCORE

The third quarter, which so often this season has been a magical 12 minutes for the Warriors, was of no benefit to them Monday night in Miami.

Not with Heat guard Dion Waiters on an absolute tear.

The Warriors saw their win streak end at seven games with a pulsating 105-102 loss to the relentless Waiters and the Heat at American Airlines Arena.

Four Warriors scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant leading the way with 27 points. Klay Thompson finished with 22 points, Stephen Curry had 21 and JaVale McGee came off the bench to add 10.

The Warriors (38-7) were victims of dreadful shooting from 3-point range, where they were 8-of-30 (26.7 percent), as well as a tremendous game by Waiters, who scored 33 points and hit a number of big shots -- including the game winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining.

The Heat (15-30) won their fourth consecutive game.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though no member of the Warriors performed with particular distinction, Curry submitted a fairly strong game, all things considered.

Curry’s line: 21 points (7-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-9 from deep, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high 10 rebounds and a team-high eight assists. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-1

TURNING POINT

After a Durant dunk tied the score at 102-102 with 11.7 seconds remaining, the Heat, out of timeouts, brought ball up with Waiters. Defended tightly by Thompson, Waiters dribbled down to less than two seconds before launching the game-winner from the top of the key.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (rest) and C David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as out.

Heat: G Tyler Johnson (L shoulder sprain) was listed as questionable and ruled out prior to tipoff. F Josh McRoberts (L foot stress fracture), G Josh Richardson (L foot sprain) and F Justise Winslow (R shoulder surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Wednesday, when they face Hornets at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.