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April 18, 2008 11:28 AM

Was that the Pope or Bird?

Posted by Percy Allen

Standing outside the St. Regis Hotel, I spotted Larry Bird leaving the hotel. A bunch of media (myself, the Tacoma News Tribune writer and Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com) tried to chase him down, but Larry Legend ducked inside a black limousine before we reached him.

I didn't think Bird could move that fast.

Brian Robinson, co-president of Save Our Sonics, said he briefly chatted with one of the Maloof brothers as the Sacramento Kings co-owner left the hotel. According to Robinson, Maloof said it didn't look good (for Seattle).

Still there's a feeling that the meeting is breaking up and we could have an annoucement pretty soon.

The security inside this place is tight and the NBA security guards are giving us media types the ugly eye. Everybody has been cordial and respectful, but it's clear there's some tension in the air.

This hotel isn't new to media types buzzing around. I heard Eva Mendes and Henry Kissinger are also staying here. No word on the Pope, whose New York visit has gridlocked traffic in midtown.

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