The NBA has fallen to an all-time low with commissioner David Stern‘s recent act of stupidity. A day after San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested four of his players–Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green–Stern fined the team $250,000 for doing “a disservice to the league and our fans.”
This is most moronic act in the history of the NBA, and that’s saying something. Stern recently announced he will be retiring on January 1, 2014, but he should be allowed to wait until then. In fact, Stern should be stripped of his position immediately and banned from the league. Too harsh? No, a $250,000 fine redefines the phrase.
The four major American sports should all join forces and ship their commissioners to Timbuktu with no return options. The NFL‘s Roger Goodell, the NHL‘s Gary Bettman and MLB‘s Bud Selig are about as intelligent as the three stooges, but Stern takes the cake.
First of all, Popovich has rested his stars, and other players like Green, on a regular basis throughout the season for years. Maybe Stern is developing an early stage of Alzheimer’s or something because his comments give the impression he wasn’t aware of Popovich’s age-old tactics.
“The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case,” Stern said. “The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. 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.”
Well, Mr. Stern, we have concluded that you are a compete and total idiot and you shouldn’t be allowed to run a lemonade stand on a suburban street, much less an organization like the NBA. As mentioned, Popovich has done this for years and Stern wouldn’t have said anything if this had been a weaker team and/or they weren’t playing the most popular team in the NBA: the Miami Heat.
To top it off, the Spurs nearly won the game even without their star players! Did Stern miss that, too? If the game had been a 50-point blowout, then he might be justified in being slightly annoyed, but that’s it. However, fans couldn’t have asked for a better game. The names of the players on the court don’t matter if the product is good, but Stern apparently doesn’t understand that or how to properly operate an organization like the NBA.
This sorry excuse for a man should be stripped of position immediately and never be allowed near the NBA again.