Optimism Growing in Stern, Maloofs Talks?
Long before the talks broke up about 10 p.m. EST Sunday, set to reconvene this morning, two developments suggested all the participants are aggressively, emotionally and intensely engaged in the arena negotiations with Thursday’s deadline looming.
1) NBA Commissioner David Stern, who left the hotel where the talks were being held to attend the All-Star Game at Amway Center, planned to rejoin the session into the wee hours, if necessary.
2) Joe, Gavin and George Maloof went hours without a meal.
“We’re encouraged,” Stern said late Sunday night. “My guys (the Maloofs) think Sacramento wants them to stay and they want to be there. We’re trying to find a way to make that happen. Everybody worked really hard today, and we’re meeting again in the morning. That’s a good thing.”
That railyard project is a two-way street. Sac wants them. Do they want Sac?
“Yes, yes, absolutely,” Joe told a television reporter. “We’ve been here 14 years. We love Sacramento. We really want this to work.”