George Maloof tells NBA owners he wants to 'move forward' with Seattle
The Seattle contingent made its case to a joint committee of 12 NBA owners on Wednesday that the league should approve the sale and relocation of the Kings. But the words that weighed most heavily on the proceedings came from the mouth of Kings owner George Maloof. Maloof was among those who addressed the owners during an approximately hour-long presentation on behalf of the proposal to sell the team to Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, who would move the franchise to Seattle. "He simply reiterated what is the public information, which is he has an agreement with Chris Hansen and his partners for the sale of the Maloofs' interest in the team," King County Executive Dow Constantine said. "... After owning that interest for so many years, it was just from a personal perspective as a fan of the NBA, touching to hear them talking about their long involvement with the league going back to his parents." The committee of owners wanted to "dig into the details" of the agreement between the Maloofs and the group led by Hansen and Steve Ballmer, Constantine said, and also wanted assurances of continued political support for a new arena financing plan. Hansen gave what Constantine characterized as a "characteristically energetic presentation" about the merits of Seattle as a destination for the NBA. "All the pieces are in place," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who characterized the city's quest to build a new arena as having a "two-to-three-year timetable. ... It's a different day in Seattle than it was a few years ago. We got together and put together an arena deal and built a coalition of support that I think is pretty sturdy." Hansen said he was not inclined to dwell on the way that Seattle lost the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Whether the owners feel the same way remains to be seen.
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