So tomorrow is the day when NBA Commissioner David Stern and several top league officials will come downtown to meet with locals about relocating the SuperSonics to Ford Center.
Governor Brad Henry, Mayor Mick Cornett and Sonics’ Chairman Clay Bennett will lead the presentation, which will consist of a thorough review of why Oklahoma City is ready to be the home to a permanent NBA franchise. The members of the committee will also be given a detailed presentation on planned improvements to the Ford Center, approved by Oklahoma City voters on March 4.
Four NBA owners from the relocation committee who will attend are: Peter Holt (San Antonio Spurs), Lewis Katz (NJ Nets), Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers), and Jeannie Buss (LA Lakers) who is representing owner Jerry Buss. The committee will make a recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors, which will meet April 17-18 in New York.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s assume this is getting close to being a done deal. For years it seemed as if two things might forever elude Oklahoma City’s big league aspirations – a major league team and a significant change to the downtown skyline. Now both are becoming reality. So tell me, readers, dreamers, skeptics and disbelievers - what’s next?