Louisville Arena Authority chairman Scott Cox waded into the NBA-to-Louisville discussion Monday, saying a deal to share the arena with the University of Louisville men's and women's basketball teams would be "challenging, but doable."

Cox also said the arena is "well-positioned" to attract an NBA team should the league pursue an expansion.

The Yum Center long has been lauded for its readiness as a professional basketball facility, but Cox said the building has other connections that could help with an NBA franchise.

For starters, the Yum Center is managed by Los Angeles-based arena owner and operator AEG, which manages NBA arenas across the U.S. and has deep connections to the NBA front office, Cox said during the keynote speech at an Association for Corporate Growth Kentucky luncheon in Hilliard Lyons' downtown Louisville offices Monday.

He recounted how NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently thanked AEG for helping organize the annual NBA All-Star Weekend festivities at LA's Staples Center, saying the Yum Center manager provides instant credibility to the league.

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