NBA Notes: Owners keep Kings in Sacramento

NBA Notes: Owners keep Kings in Sacramento
May 15, 2013, 8:30 pm
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We continue our look at the Sixers' coaching candidates with Byron Scott, who brings the same toughness he showed as a player to the sideline (see story).

Here's some other news and notes from around the NBA:

Seattle still without NBA after relocation denied
SEATTLE -- After nearly four months of awaiting a decision on the return of professional basketball, Seattle was left Wednesday feeling jilted again.

And wondering when, and if, the NBA will ever reappear.

The NBA Board of Governors rejected the prospective relocation of the Sacramento Kings, voting 22-8 in Dallas to deny the move of the franchise and with no promise of a future team for fans in the Puget Sound region.

That led to angry and frustrated reactions from NBA fans in Seattle who spent several months thinking they might see the return of the SuperSonics with investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as owners.

"I share the disappointment of Sonics fans about today's vote. But we are in this for the long haul," Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said. "The memorandum of understanding we have with Chris Hansen is for five years, and we will continue working to bring the NBA back to Seattle."

Fans of the league and supporters of Hansen's efforts believed this was the best opportunity to bring the NBA back. Political and public support was at its peak since the messy and ugly departure of the Sonics for Oklahoma City following the 2008 season.

Now all that support is thrown back into limbo with little clarity about a future path toward acquiring another franchise.

"This was not an anti-Seattle vote, but a pro-Sacramento vote," NBA Commissioner David Stern said.

If there is hope for Seattle fans, it came from NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, who indicated that expansion was discussed for the future (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Pelicans' new practice center taking shape
METAIRIE, La. -- Monty Williams says he's impressed by the pace of construction on the New Orleans Pelicans' training center, and expects it to help the club not just because of its amenities, but also because of where it is.

The $16 million, 50,000-square-foot project, which Williams toured along with team owner Tom Benson and other officials Wednesday afternoon, is on the same campus as the headquarters of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, also owned by Benson. The new practice courts are scheduled to be completed by August.

Williams says something else that makes the practice center special is that his players and assistants will cross paths with competitors like Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, and share ideas about elite competition in any sport (see full story).  

-The Associated Press

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