Bringing the NBA to Louisville has been a hot topic here on KSR, on twitter, on local news stations, and on the radio. The growing support of the cause by local government leaders and grassroots organizations are unwavering. Despite Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich not stepping up to support this cause, and even downplaying the reality that it could happen, it is indeed a possibility and it is a win-win for both UK and UofL. This week, David Stern even named Louisville as one of the viable candidates for a new NBA team in his retirement press conference. We’ve talked about the issue so much that I think we all know the positives that it will bring to the local economy and to each school. Calipari will embrace the new team and find ways for it to help UK, and Pitino would be smart to do the same and get behind these efforts.
Pitino says he is not against the NBA coming to Louisville, but instead he just doesn’t think it is realistic and isn’t jumping on board to support.
“The NBA is not coming to Louisville because (NBA commissioner) David Stern does not want it to be in Louisville,” he has said.
Well, that’s false after Stern named Louisville as a candidate this week. And even if it were true, Stern only has 15 months before he retires as commissioner.
Unlike the past, Louisville now has an NBA-ready facility built (that needs money to pay bills), and the efforts to bring a team here are not going to go away. Here is how you can help:
1. Sign the petition to support the NBA coming to Louisville by clicking on the banner above