The legendary Magic Johnson was in Seattle Monday night, lending his name - and megawatt smile - to the A-Plus youth program gala in Sodo.
"We want to make sure we stress education right - this A+ project is outstanding,” he said.
The star power had some cosmic timing.
"I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle - so I hope an NBA team comes back,” he said.
Johnson was flanked by none other than lead investor Chris Hansen and his partner, hoops fan Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who had just scored their biggest victory yet in the new arena quest.
The King County Council unanimously approved an amended Sodo arena deal and the city council voted 7-2 to approve Hansen's $490 million, partially publically financed, proposal.
That includes $40 million for a transportation fund, more money for KeyArena, plus a vow for a full environmental analysis of the site.
"I'm gonna let Chris do the driving...and it's good for some of us to support him...but he's really doing a great job working with the city, the county the league,” said Ballmer.
Ballmer passed the ball to Hansen, who would only say the game is not over.
"There is a lot of work left to be done in terms of the political side, in terms of sepa and environmental review and trying to get out and final basketball team,” said Hansen.
Hansen will be joined by king county executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn at a public signing of the arena legislation.
It's expected to happen at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Rainier Valley Boys And Girls Club.