Re: The best article on David Stern I've read in a long time!!
posted at 3/16/2011 1:32 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The best article on David Stern I've read in a long time!!
[QUOTE]While I have been one to bring last years finals referee crews to task, in the past, because of the changes in calling style in games one and two, I am always sceptical or journalists statements that clearly need a source, or a reference, and don't provide it. Just because it is written in an article, does not make it true. While Yahoo is not the National Inquirer, it looks more like a personal opinion than anything.
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I agree he doesn't list sources, but it seems like there are a whollle lot of NBA employees who share the same sentiment, both players and coaches. Anyone who says anything out loud is immediately fined and shut up by Stern. There is never an explanation to why the person and what he was saying were wrong, just a cease and desist. Then on with business.
Nothing adds up. When something is questioned publicly by a player, coach, journalist, etc. and there is a public outcry that takes the side of the the one questioning, wouldn't the best route be to prove that person wrong, or to apologize when they're right to save face as an organization. The more they clamp down on people who don't agree with the policies or question the integrity of the league, the worse they look. When a commissioner comments on a coach or player in a schoolyard, classless manner, it doesn't help his argument in proving he isn't a dictator as he has been labeled numerous times by countless sources.
He is a slap in the face to fans and NBA employees who care about the game. He feels no need to explain anything, as if his power and importance gives him immunity to explanation. Anyone who has watched games that are considered fixed by the NBA and the refs and thinks otherwise seems to not be paying attention. Conspiracy theorists that are not even from the hometown of the team who is thought to have been cheated agree. It's not a bunch of bitter fans, it's much bigger than that. I love the Celtics, and I will be the first to tell you they have been favored by refs in games before. It's uncomfortable to watch. I believe the games that are fixed can still be won by the underdog with the right strategy,skill along with luck. So, I don't believe the fix always determines the outcome, but makes it a lot easier for the team that is enabled by officials. All those who still believe the earth is flat sometimes need a birds-eye view to find out the truth, and I think the flight they need will eventually arrive and the NBA will be turned upside down by the truth.