Kings, Stern Celebrate ‘New Beginning’
There was no freshly built statue awaiting David Stern when his flight from Miami arrived here, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t receive the royal treatment Wednesday night at the place once known as Arco Arena.
He was the man who helped save their Sacramento Kings, the NBA commissioner whose ties to the city’s mayor and three-time NBA All-Star as well as the new Indian owner had everything to do with the way their underdog tale turned out. So they rolled out the purple carpets, spruced up the old building that is slated to be replaced three years from now and debated all day long on the talk radio water-cooler about how loud the ovation would be when Stern was finally introduced.
“This is a very important opening night, and I go to important opening nights,” Stern said as he entered through a purple wave of fans and frivolity. “Expansions, rings, new buildings and new beginnings. And this is a new beginning.”