Sacramento mayor advises Louisville to be prepared for NBA team
Louisville, stateprov, United States (4E Sports) – Sacramento City Mayor Kevin Johnson said Louisville needs to be prepared if they want to have an NBA franchise, the former basketball player turned politician said during Leadership Louisville Luncheon Saturday.
Despite his current fight to keep the Sacramento Kings in his town, Johnson still gave a helpful advice to Louisville officials if they aspire to have an NBA team in the future.
Johnson, three-time NBA All-Star, said Louisville needs to be “poised and positioned” for them to draw interest from NBA owners or create a feasible fan base for a basketball franchise.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said there aren’t negotiations yet to bring an NBA team to the city, but he’s very much willing to initiate recruitment of an NBA franchise.
The construction of the KFC Yum! Center is one big step towards realizing that goal, though there are some glitches to settle.
“We have some issues, obviously,” Fischer told Business First Saturday, speaking specifically about the University of Louisville’s restrictive lease agreement at the Yum Center. “We’ve got to be positioned to win.”