Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive, one of the NBA’s leading experts on technology and software, will join rookie Ben McLemore at this weekend’s All-Star Game festivities in New Orleans. McLemore is among the participants in Saturday night’s annual Slamdunk contest. Ranadive, the CEO of TIBCO and first-year owner of the Kings, is among the featured panelists at the invitation-only technology summit Friday morning.
The list of other notables scheduled to attend the four-hour session include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer and Brian Kopp of Sports Solutions. The annual gathering, which is invitation-only and continues to gain significance with the increasing importance of analytics within the industry, isn’t strictly for stats experts, though. Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley will be seated within elbow distance of the tech industry heavyweights. Other NBA owners and business experts also routinely attend.