Louisville area leaders met today to discuss the possibility of bringing a team from the NBA to Louisville in the future. According to Wave 3 News, Mayor Greg Fischer and former University of Louisville star Junior Bridgeman led the discussion with 23 area power brokers.
“Any kind of big decisions we make in the community, there needs to be broad input, different points of view,” Mayor Fischer told Wave 3. “Something like this is a journey, it can take years, but you’ve got to be ready. You have to get community input to see if this is something that the community wants to do… This isn’t something where you just call a meeting together, snap a finger, it’s done.”
Bridgeman is a former president of the NBA Player’s Association and reportedly has believed for a long time that bringing an NBA franchise to Louisville would be a good fit. Mayor Fischer and some of the other leaders seem to be more than open to the discussions, but they also don’t shy away from some of the major road blocks dealing with the Yum Center that stand in the way.
“Obviously the University of Louisville controls the lease in the YUM! Center, this would have been a win for the University of Louisville and many stakeholders in the community. That’s what all this process is about is to pursue what those options are and to see if we can do it,” Fischer said.
We know Rick Pitino wants nothing to do with bringing a franchise from the NBA to Louisville. We know that the circumstances and technical issues with the lease for the Yum Center will make the movement more complicated. But the Yum Center is without question an NBA-caliber arena. Louisville is a city that would have a chance to grow and house a professional sports team. If nothing else, it seems like the leaders in the Louisville community are actively pursuing ways to make this work. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time…