Local attorney meets with NBA commissioner for Louisville franchise


by WHAS11


Posted on February 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 11 at 7:08 PM

Do you think Louisville will get an NBA team?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  J. Bruce Miller loves basketball, but can his passion for the sport translate into an NBA franchise coming to Louisville? 

Miller says he had his most encouraging meeting in recent history with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday. 

Miller says five foreign investors are not ready to go public, but have committed to bringing a team to Louisville. 

Twenty-eight Kentucky business leaders have also committed to financially supporting an NBA team.

Miller says his meeting with Stern was only supposed to last a half hour, but instead lasted one hour and 45 minutes. 

According to Miller, Stern was surprised and impressed that foreign investors were already in place. 

At this point, an NBA team could move to Louisville, or the city could get an expansion team. 

Either way, Miller says the city is in better shape to get a team than they have been before.

From here, Stern will begin conversations with the investors to see if this is a viable option for the league. 

Miller says they are prepared to have a team in place by the start of next season and could get a team together with four months notice.