This is the final full season for fans of the National Basketball Association to kick around commissioner David Stern as Stern will be retiring on Feb. 1, 2014. The problem for me though is that Stern should just move out of the way after this season is over. Stern is beginning to abuse his power at the top and may have reached the end of the line here.
The tipping point for me was when Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for having four of their top players not fly to a road game because the team was playing their fourth road game in five nights. There is no reason to be fining teams for things like that. That is the team’s decision on whether or not they want to have their best players out there for the purpose of winning or losing. Do you see other leagues fining teams for resting players even at the end of the season? I sure haven’t seen that happen before.
Stern has been a great thing for the NBA over the last 30 years but sometimes people need to know when to step away before they overstay their welcome. That is exactly what Stern has done. He is issuing fines and suspensions for flopping and while flopping is a part of the game these days that must go, a fine or suspension for it isn’t warranted. It is like a little kid having his hand brushed and claiming they got slapped. Stern has become a joke and the end of the 2012-13 season should be his curtain call.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.