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The Assembly has approved legislation intended to smooth the way for a new NBA arena in California's capital. The bill from Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento would accelerate judicial review of any lawsuits filed against the proposed Kings arena under California's landmark environmental law. MyNews4.com

The fight to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings is now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown, as the Legislature on Thursday night approved a bill to streamline development of a downtown arena for the pro basketball team. The California Senate voted 32-5 in favor of Senate Bill 743, written by Sacramento Democrat Darrell Steinberg. The bill seeks to speed the judicial process for handling environmental lawsuits, limit the courts' ability to stop construction and change the way traffic impacts are measured in environmental reviews. It represents fewer changes to the California Environmental Quality Act than Steinberg originally hoped to achieve but would be sufficient, he said, to develop an arena that would keep the Kings in Sacramento. "The NBA has said... if we don't meet this timeline, if we don't get this project started in 2014, we're at risk of losing it," Steinberg said. "The opponents are still out there." Merced Sun-Star

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Mullin's hiring comes as no surprise. During his time as Warriors minority owner, Ranadive grew to like and admire the former star. He also liked the idea of including a high-profile NBA figure in his organization and has been seeking Mullin's input since he assumed control of the franchise. "I was looking for somebody who was iconic," Ranadive said, "and Chris is iconic. He represents what is great about basketball. Hard work. Teamwork. Excellence. He is part of the model." Sacramento Bee

There were poor drafts and trades and regrettable signings as well. GM's eventually plead guilty to all of the above. But Mullin also was victimized by Chris Cohan's dysfunctional ownership, Robert Rowell's back-room dealing, and the still-puzzling strain in his relationship with his mentor, Nelson. "I would say 34, 42, 48 wins," said Mullin. "We continued improving when I was there. I had some opportunities, some scenarios these last few years, but I always focused on who I'm joining up with as opposed to where it is, or what title it is. And there were no scenarios that came like this. It starts with the people. Knowing this market, and this area. Then looking to the future with the new arena. The vision is right there, on the horizon. This just seemed like a perfect fit." Sacramento Bee

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Chris Mullin is joining the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to sources familiar with the team's plans. Sources say that Mullin has been recruited by the Kings to expand upon his previous senior advisory role in support of new general manager Pete D'Alessandro and majority owner Vivek Ranadive. ESPN.com

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In an move to groom young players more efficiently and expand its fan base, the Sacramento Kings have signed a two-year deal to take over basketball operations of the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League basketball team. The Kings and Bighorns are expected to make the announcement at a joint press conference tomorrow. Sacramento Bee

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said the deal gives the Kings the authority to hire the team's coaches and choose team players, using the Reno squad as its minor league affiliate, similar to the relationship between major and minor league baseball teams. Ranadive said he initially tried to buy the Bighorns outright, but the owners declined to sell. The new arrangement, however, gives the Kings first right to purchase if the Bighorn owners decide to sell. Sacramento Bee

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Free agent point guard Jose Manuel Calderon will meet with the Kings today in Sacramento, agent Mark Bartelstein told HoopsHype. Owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro, head coach Mike Malone and Chris Mullin will be at the meeting with the Spanish guard, who returned to the United States yesterday. His stay in the country will be short as Calderon will be back in Spain in just a couple of days. HoopsHype

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"I'm just a kid from Bohemia," D'Alessandro said with a laugh in a phone interview Wednesday. "I imagined this, I dreamed it and now I'm here." Truth is, it was a lot more complicated than that. Bespectacled, bald and barely 5-9, D'Alessandro looks more like a lawyer or a sports agent than a general manager, a position frequently held by former NBA or college players. But D'Alessandro, who has worked as a lawyer and a sports agent, is at the forefront of a trend in sports management that increasingly is relying more and more on statistical analysis. "The 21st-century GM has to understand the complexities of [salary] capology, the development of technology, the use of analytics," new Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive said. "And if a good chess player thinks two moves ahead, in Pete we have a guy who can think four moves ahead." Newsday

June 18, 2013 Updates

“When I started this process,” Ranadive said after the D’Alessandro hiring became official Monday, “to be totally honest, I was biased toward having a GM who had experience. Many years of experience. It was a very rigorous process. I interviewed some hard candidates. Quite honestly, when I spoke with Pete, he was a long-shot candidate. I went through a very rigorous interview process. I put these guys through the rigors. It was a few hours long, asking several questions, detailed questions. I did everything short of giving them an IQ test. Which I would have done. But this guy is amazing. I called (Chris) Mullin and I asked him that question the next morning. I spoke to Pete, it was early Saturday morning, I called up Mullin and I said, ‘Hey, what about this guy.’ He said, ‘He’s the smartest guy out there.’ ‘Is he ready?’ ‘Absolutely. No question about it.’ He was head and shoulders above, in my view, what I was looking for. Like I said, he was the smartest candidate, the hungriest guy and the most passionate guy. And you see that with all the comments that he’s making.” NBA.com

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