NBA commissioner David Stern has not always done things the right way. Los Angeles Lakers fans are reminded of this every time they look at what Chris Paul is doing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Nonetheless, I believe Stern and his comrades made the best decision in suspending New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony after his post game antics versus the Boston Celtics.
For those that don’t know, Anthony had gotten in a scuffle with Celtics eccentric power forward in Kevin Garnett. The skirmish resulted in technicals for both during the game and quite an awkward exchange after the game. Anthony was seen on video wandering in the depths of Madison Square Garden waiting for Garnett to board the Celtics bus. Now, Stern did a great job getting the message through that this kind of action would not be tolerated and deserves suspension. Fights on the floor that are in the heat of the moment are one thing, but to wait on someone outside is a completely different animal.
Like it or not, Stern has cleaned up the NBA to the best of his abilities. First and foremost is the dress code that he implemented prior to the 2005 season. This action was a necessity as the likes of Allen Iverson were conducting post game interviews in Barry Sanders jerseys, sideways baseball caps, and bling– lots of bling.
Stern definitely walked the line with this move as I doubt Knicks fans are ecstatic, yet it is only for one game and I doubt those fans would want Garnett stalking Melo post game. In essence, this suspension was a lot like an old nursery rhyme “not too hot, not too cold, but just right” as it conveyed the overall message without going overboard.