NBA Commissioner David Stern
SACRAMENTO - The specialized committee formed to make a recommendation on the Sacramento Kings is now expected to make their recommendation Monday, April 29.
Last week, NBA Commissioner David Stern said he hoped the committee would be making a recommendation by the end of the this week. It was not immediately clear what caused the delay.
The committee is comprised of 12 team owners who sit on either the relocation or finance committees. Stern combined the two for efficiency.
Both the Sacramento and Seattle contingents made pitches to the committee April 3, and 26 days later, the members appear ready to make their recommendation.
The NBA says a conference call will be held Monday, but two different representatives were unable to comment on what time the call would begin.
According to a league spokesperson, NBA bylaws call for a full board vote no sooner than seven business days from the recommendation, but no later than 30 business days. That means a final decision on whether or not the Kings stay in Sacramento could come as early as May 8.
It is unclear where the full board meeting will be held.
Again, last week, Stern told reporters the full board would convene to make a final determination. Stern also said both the Sacramento and Seattle groups would have a chance to present again. The difference then would be the pitches would be to the full board, not only the committee.
NBA Board of Governors (owners) meetings are usually held in New York City, but it was possible this meeting could be held in one of the various cities hosting a playoff game.
By Nick Monacelli, firstname.lastname@example.org