For Chris Hansen, more than two years of work boiled down to one moment Wednesday: a 90-minute pitch to the NBA for bringing basketball back to Seattle.

“We’ve really been working on this very hard for two and a half years … 883 days, to be exact, since we started on this mission,” Hansen said in a news conference Wednesday after his presentation to the NBA in New York City.

“And I think as everybody in Seattle can appreciate, it’s taken a tremendous amount of work: acquiring real estate, negotiating with local government officials, going through the environmental process, arranging our financing, negotiating with the Maloofs.

“It’s taken a lot of work to get us to that point, and it was really nice just to condense all that into a 90-minute presentation and put our best foot forward.”

The subtext is that a Sacramento group, which presented after Seattle’s contingent Wednesday, threw together its plan to keep the NBA’s Kings only in the past few months — starting in January when Hansen announced a deal to buy the Maloofs’ 65 percent share of the team for $341 million.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson led an 11th-hour effort to assemble an ownership group to step in if the NBA rejects Hansen’s purchase of the Kings. And it was just last week that the Sacramento City Council approved a plan, which has not yet been fully examined or developed, to help finance a new arena for the Kings in the California capital.

Like Hansen’s, Johnson’s group presented its plan Wednesday to the NBA’s finance and relocation committees during meetings at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. The Maloofs, who own a controlling stake in the Kings, sat in on both Sacramento’s and Seattle’s presentations.

George Maloof, speaking for the whole family, reportedly urged the league to approve their sale to Hansen’s group and to OK the team’s relocation to Seattle. Most of Seattle’s presentation, which Hansen led, was dedicated to describing the details of his plan to bring the NBA back to the Emerald City.