David Stern: NBA Should 'Embrace' Sin City
NBA Commissioner David Stern knows his time is running short as he prepares to leave his current post in February. However, his impending exit did not cause him any reluctance in speculating about potential expansion.
Stern cited Seattle and Las Vegas as the two cities most likely to be targeted in any expansion scenarios. Seattle, which has already been home to the Supersonics (which moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder) and recently tried to purchase the Sacramento Kings, may be more plausible. He said the NBA should "embrace" Las Vegas.
However, Las Vegas may be more intriguing, and Stern seemed fully supportive of the idea:
“Given sort of all of the references that you see about Las Vegas and
sin city, we have always believed that gambling is a very legal
business regulated carefully here in Nevada, that this is a huge
entertainment destination and this is a place that we should embrace. In addition to the USA Basketball and Las Vegas summer league and
the All‑Star Game, you didn’t include the fact that shortly after I
became Commissioner, Kareem broke the record for the most points right
here at the Thomas & Mack Center, and I was here for the celebration
because the Jazz were playing ten games here that season. So I think Las Vegas is in the NBA history books; and with the
discussions now, it seems that there is an arena that is getting closer
to moving ahead after years and years of discussions. And that should
make it interesting as well.”