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Sacramento's city council on Tuesday approved a financing plan for the NBA's Kings franchise, clearing the way for construction on a $477 million downtown arena. The council voted 7-2 on the package during a meeting that capped the city's lengthy struggle to keep the team from moving to Seattle a year ago. Mayor Kevin Johnson declared, "Long live the Kings," after the final vote, and the chamber, along with team owners, erupted in cheers. "We had our backs against the wall, but we defied the odds. We made a comeback for the ages, and in doing so, I feel like we unleashed the very best that Sacramento has to offer," said Johnson, a former three-time NBA All-Star who maintains strong connections to the league. ESPN.com

May 18, 2014 Updates

Johnson, enlisted a month ago to help the players union’s search, has formed a committee of outside advisers and has aggressively presented his plan and schedule to everyone involved. Every player agent was invited to attend the meeting, held at the same hotel that served as the headquarters for the pre-draft camp, and approximately 20 did so. “It was very different than anything I’ve ever seen,” said one agent. “I’m 100 percent confident KJ is going to help find someone on par with himself to lead the players association going forward.” Bleacher Report

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NBA players union advocate and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said in an e-mail to players he is done helping the National Basketball Players Association with the Donald Sterling situation and will focus on helping find a new executive director. "What a strong end to an historic week in the NBA!" Johnson wrote in the e-mail obtained by USA TODAY Sports. "We all know that the Sterling incident, in addition to grabbing headlines, was a defining moment for our league, our sport and our nation. I'm thrilled that the decision made by the Commissioner was swift and unequivocal, but moreover, I'm pleased that the players had a seat at the table as the process was unfolding. "The Commissioner listened to owners, players and the public alike to come to this important decision. As a union, we should feel good about the fact that we spoke with a strong, collective voice. I believe that this gives the organization great momentum and really positions us well for the future. I'm so proud of the strength, dignity and courage that the players showed during this ordeal. It was truly a model of how a high-functioning organization can operate." USA Today Sports

April 29, 2014 Updates

Kevin Johnson: At a minimum, Mr. Sterling should be suspended indefinitely, banned from games, slapped with the maximum fine possible, and forced to extract himself from basketball operations. He should be required to name someone from his executive team or family to take over all duties related to the Clippers. If the NBA takes this type of strong stand on this issue -- and I have every confidence it will -- it will prove to be a defining moment not just for the sport but for the entire nation. It will signal that the league is listening to its players and alum and treating them as valuable partners. Facebook

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