April 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM
NBA meetings begin in New York — “No comment” the phrase of the day
The NBA’s annual Board of Governors meetings are getting underway here today in New York at the St. Regis Hotel.
These are the same meetings, and the same location, where five years ago today the NBA voted to allow the Sonics to move to Oklahoma City.
As reported the last few days, there will be no vote at the meetings the next two days whether to approve a sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Chris Hansen-led group that would move them to Seattle. Instead, just lots of discussion.
Meetings began around noon New York time today with lots of committee meetings — there are lots of other things on the agenda other than just the Seattle/Sacramento imbroglio.
Lots of owners were spotted coming into the St. Regis, including Clay Bennett, who led the charge to relocate the Sonics to OKC. On this day, Bennett merely charged up the steps without talking to reporters.
That was largely the case with most of the owners, none of whom had any real substantive comment early on.
Joe Lacob of the Golden State Warriors did stop and chat for a couple of minutes and said that it is more important that the league get this decision right than it is to make a decision quickly.
“We would like to make sure we make the right decision and go through the due process and give everyone a fair hearing, so that’s what’s going on and I’m sure the committee that is working on this is doing a very good job and I will hear about it today just like the rest of you ultimately,” he said.
He also said that while there may be some thought that having one fewer team in Northern California might help the Warriors, he will look at the situation objectively. “I don’t think that’s an issue,” he said.
He said the same about the fact that a Warriors minority owner, Vivek Ranadive, is now the leader of the Sacramento ownership group.
“I’m going to be an objective member of the NBA,” he said.
Asked about expansion, he said he couldn’t comment.
Lacob also said he had seen both offers but said he couldn’t answer specific questions about them.
The full Board of Governors is expected to meet around 3 p.m. today, likely for 3-4 hours or so.
The expectation is to not expect any news. But you never know, which is why the 15 or 20 members of the Seattle and Sacramento waiting outside the hotel will continue to wait.
Also, in case you missed it, here’s our story for the Thursday paper wrapping up the events of Wednesday.
UPDATE — Here’s a look at the scene at the St. Regis: