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The Kings will name Golden 1 Center’s new street after ex-commissioner David Stern

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The Sacramento Kings will be naming the street in which their new arena, the Golden 1 Center, after David Stern. David Stern was the NBA commissioner from 1984 until 2014.

Stern was an important reason the Kings had a plan to build a new arena in the first place. Stern probably believes that attempting to get the Kings a new arena to prevent them from leaving was one of the most difficult things he had to do during his 20 year tenure as the NBA commissioner. The arena’s street name will be called 500 David J. Stern Walk.

“When I learned we would have the option of naming the road, it was a no-brainer for me,” Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive told The Sacramento Bee on Monday. “There were no other names on my list. David took the NBA to the global level and started the WNBA, but he is about so much more than basketball. He is one of the greatest leaders in the world, and on top of that, the team would not be in Sacramento without David Stern.”

“Vivek asked if he could stop by, and I said, ‘Sure,’ ” Stern said late Monday. “He said, ‘In light of your 30 years as commissioner and everything you have done for Sacramento, we’d like to name the street on which Golden 1 Center sits in your name.’ I was deeply touched. I said, ‘Now what do I do?’ He said, ‘You have to come out for the dedication on Sept. 30 and the first home game of the season (date to be determined).’ I said, ‘Sure.’ ”

It will be a special moment for Sacramento Kings and a special moment for David Stern as it was one of the most important things he was able to accomplish during his era as the commissioner.

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