SACRAMENTO — Former NBA star Kevin Johnson jumped into the Sacramento mayor's race Wednesday, announcing he will challenge three-term incumbent Heather Fargo in the municipal election in June.
The 42-year-old Johnson was scheduled to make the announcement at a news conference at the Guild Theater in Oak Park, the Sacramento neighborhood where he grew up and where he has devoted himself to urban renewal projects after retiring from basketball.
Johnson, a three-time All-Star with the Phoenix Suns, is the only serious opponent to Fargo, who has governed the capital city as it has slid into a deep real estate slump.
TIP-INS — Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett had good news for NBA commissioner David Stern on Wednesday. After passing a $121 million package to upgrade a downtown arena and build an NBA practice facility, Oklahoma City appeared to be moving closer to securing its first major pro sports franchise. But there's still a waiting game before that dream can become a reality. NBA owners will vote in mid-April on whether the Seattle SuperSonics can relocate to Oklahoma City, but even that won't settle the issue. A trial is scheduled for June in which a federal judge will rule on whether the SuperSonics can break their lease before it ends in 2010. ...
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was suspended without pay for one game by the league for his hard foul on Utah's Andrei Kirilenko. Nowitzki will miss Dallas' home game tonight against divisional rival Houston.