Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sacramento Arena Project: The Nexus Report

Couldn’t make it out to the Sacramento Press Club today, Kings fans? Never fear.

Below you’ll find a copy of the ‘Nexus’ report that was presented to the media and public today by the Kevin Johnson-led ‘Think Big Sacramento’ team that continues to work arena wonders. The Sacramento Mayor and former NBA star is presenting a menu of financing options for a new entertainment and sports complex in Sacramento as we speak, and it’s worth noting that I truly never thought this day would come.

This thing isn’t over yet, but it certainly looks a whole lot more likely that the Kings will stay in Sacramento long-term than it did five months ago. Go ahead and analyze the 62 pages that follow and see for yourself how they plan to get this thing done. And if that’s not enough material on this topic for you, be sure to watch the show I took part in recently discussing this very topic (and since we’re in the pardoning mood, apologies for the rough quality on the video clip as that’s the best available online).

Acccess Sacramento – Arena Discussion by drewm7

The NBA Lockout: Whose Side Are You On?

Greetings all you NBA-starved fans/bloggers/tweeters/reporters out there in lockout land.

We (I) interrupt this programming from the Drew League/Goodman League/Melo League/Justice League (Ok, so that one doesn’t apply, although Dwight Howard has been known to don a cape) to check in over here at NBA Confidential. Per the new norm, it’s been a while since I updated the site. But lest you worry your hoops head that we’re way behind in updating matters on the labor front, here’s the “good” news: there have only been three labor meetings since I last posted on June 28.

Isn’t that just grand? You barely missed a thing.

Point being, it has been incredibly slow-goings in the CBA negotiations. The first signs of long-overdue urgency started surfacing this week and another meeting is likely to take place next week, but the divide is still wide enough for Shaq’s house to fit in between the two sides – although it’s a tight squeeze (have you seen his house?!). I’ll keep cranking away over at so be sure to check in with me there, but I wanted to alert folks that the ‘Lockout Central’ page (formerly CBA/Labor Central) and ‘Interviews’ page have been updated with some recent content. Among the highlights: A visit with Matt Winer and Steve Smith of NBA TV to talk lockout recently and had a number of other not-so-cheery chats about the CBA situation.

On here, however, I get to be the one asking the questions and will take full advantage of that authority. As such, I implore you to answer the query below to satisfy my curiosity. And for the love of Ron Klempner (or Adam Silver, for the sake of objectivity and not skewing this critical public vote), please retweet this to all your social media pals so we can get a decent sample size going. Good night, and good luck (to David Stern and Billy Hunter).