Let me begin by saying this, I cannot stand the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker or Tim Duncan. I have no idea why either? They play basketball the right way and there’s no wonder they win all the time. Doesn’t mean I have to like them.
Admission number two, I really like LeBron James. I like him because most athletes take the money and couldn’t care less about winning, he took less money to win.
You can either agree with me or disagree with me on either of those subjects and we can have ourselves a nice debate. Want to know where we won’t have ourselves a debate? If the topic is David Stern.
NBA commissioner David Stern is the most arrogant and smug man ever to have anything to do with basketball. That’s saying something in a league full of them. He walks around with that fake smile, claiming to have the players best interests in mind but underneath it all he’s a heartless jerk.
The man is a joke and his time as NBA commissioner can’t end soon enough.
How can Stern say with a straight face what the Spurs did was “contrary to the best interests of the NBA.” Really? How is it in the best interests of the NBA to have a team play four road games in five nights? Isn’t what’s best the for the NBA is the players health?
That isn’t what bothered me the most from Stern’s comments today, this was, “The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”
Excuse me? Since the Spurs didn’t tell the Miami Heat, a team they are competing against, about their game plan, there was a “disservice” done to the league? Bill Belichick would retire if the NFL thought like Stern did. Why on earth would the Spurs be required to inform the Heat of anything they plan to do? The Spurs want the best possible advantage they can get and in this case, timing may have been the only edge they could possibly have gained after deciding to sit their best players.
And when is the time right to inform the league? It’s not like it would matter, the game would still have been played on a nationally televised broadcast on wouldn’t it?
The part that takes the cake is where Stern says “I have concluded the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.” “I” have concluded. What a pompous man. Is he telling us that he felt no need to consult with other league officials?
And where is the disservice to the league and the fans? The Heat fans want a win no matter who plays. They didn’t go to the game in Miami to see the Spurs, most fans went to see the Heat players. Fans to go games to see their favorite team win, they cold care less how it happens.
I am also trying to figure out how it was a disservice to the league? The Spurs felt they had a better chance to win if they sat players during a tough stretch of games, they also want to be fresh for games late in the season. Who’s to say if they played everyone, the Spurs don’t win the game but lose an important player for the season? If Tony Parker got hurt and was lost for the season during the game, wouldn’t that be a disservice to the league?
With this ruling Stern is deciding not only what is best for the league, but each team. That is flat out wrong.
This was all about television. The ratings were likely to drop without the Spurs stars in the game. Be a man and not hide behind a bunch of excuses as to why you fined the Spurs $250,000.
David Stern has been the judge and jury in the NBA for a long time and thankfully his tenure comes to an end soon.
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