Head of NBA: 'No substantial discussions' with Seattle arena developer



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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:32 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NBA Commissioner David Stern said he has had "no substantial discussions" regarding an arena proposal that could potentially bring NBA and NHL teams to Seattle.

KING 5's Chris Daniels caught up with Stern Thursday at the NBA All-Star Game festivities in Orlando.
Stern said he is aware of San Francisco hedge fund manager Chris Hansen's proposal to build an arena in the SODO neighborhood, and has spoken to Hansen about it. However, Stern said he has not looked the proposal over.
"We encourage cities generally to have world-class buildings because it's a good thing for the community," said Stern when asked whether he was interested in Hansen's proposal.
Stern did not shoot down KeyArena as a temporary home for any team that may come to Seattle while a new arena is being constructed.

"I would say that there are lots of options for any temporary facility in any market, but the key is the construction and the building of an arena, a world-class, state of the art arena," the commissioner said.

Stern said the Seattle effort was not connected to recent negotiations this week that may potentially keep the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets in their respective cities.

Tune into the KING 5 special Thursday night, "Seattle Arena: Billion-Dollar Hat Trick" at 10:00 p.m. on KING 5.