Despite comments, NBA commissioner tells local attorney that NBA in Louisville still possible


by Mike Colombo

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 17 at 6:53 PM

Do you think Louisville will get an NBA team?

LOUISVILLE, KY (WHAS11) – ‘To be or not to be’ continues to be the question when it comes to the future of an NBA franchise in Louisville. In a recent interview with ESPN, NBA Commissioner David Stern is only blurring the answer to that question.

Stern was this week's guest on ESPN's Bill Simmons weekly podcast, The BS Report. Their hour long discussion touched a variety of topics, including cities expressing interest in taking on an existing NBA team looking to relocate. Stern listed several cities. Louisville was not one of them.

"Seattle, Las Vegas. We've had visits from Anaheim," said Stern. "There's a brand new building in Pittsburgh. There's a good building in St. Louis. There's a good building in Tampa-St. Pete," Stern added.

In all, Stern mentioned eight cities. Vancouver and Kansas City are the other two places stern mentions. Louisville was not on the list. The interview quickly caught the attention of Louisville attorney J. Bruce Miller.

Miller told WHAS11’s Mike Colombo, "I emailed Mr. Stern Monday night telling him I was disheartened and disappointed with his comments in the interview…Mr. Stern replied the next day saying he was sorry and that not mentioning Louisville in no way meant the city wasn't being considered."

Miller has already flown to New York to meet with NBA Commissioner David Stern. The NBA confirmed the meeting, but nothing else.

Last week, Miller said foreign investors and 28 Kentucky business leaders agreed to financially support an NBA team.

“They intend to do it and it will be done in Louisville, Kentucky and nowhere else. Its binding, its solid and its sound,” said Miller.

Miller says an attorney representing the foreign investors have set up a meeting with Stern and that those investors have pledged to do business with no other city but Louisville.

To hear ESPN’s Bill Simmon’s entire interview with NBA commissioner David Stern, click here.