“This is the system David Stern and his minions like it. So that’s the system you have … I certainly can’t have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot or leaders we’ve seen in this world lately, don’t really tolerate other people’s opinion or free speech or anything. So I’m not really allowed to have an opinion. So it’s up to him. He decides and he likes the system he has.”
Van Gundy’s correct on all accounts. The NBA doesn’t allow free speech in its league nor will they let anyone have an opinion, they won’t let players or coaches talk about the officiating which has been inferior for years now. One of the reasons fans are turned off by the game today is because the officiating is very poor, when was the last time you or anyone marveled at the way a game in the NBA was called? And what does the NBA do when officials can’t get the calls right? Absolutely nothing. Do you want to know why? It’s because they like that certain players get screwed over on calls and if you can throw a phantom call in there or a breathing foul, that’s also fine.
Stern is just a tyrant, he really is. I don’t despise everything he’s done, I do like some of the things he’s accomplished as commissioner, but ever since the Pistons-Pacers brawl in 2004, he’s become to authoritarian for his own good. He likes that only eight teams in the league matter, he wants every small market to go to hell. He likes the officiating and how it caters to superstars who celebrate winning before actually playing a game together. He doesn’t realize that the NBA needs to be fixed and not in the way he likes it, and if you don’t, then shut up, or we’ll fine you $100,000.
It makes me sad that Stern has made this a game for the superteams out there and their fans instead of ones in small markets such as mine where the team which is the only game in town are searching for something to hold on to. I never thought the SuperSonics would leave Seattle, they won that city their only title, but they did, and it happened under Stern’s watch. If it can happen in basketball crazy cities like Seattle and Sacramento, it can happen anywhere. Well,except New York, Los Angeles,Chicago, Miami, or Boston.
I really hope that when Stern’s contract is up that these small market owners who are trying to still do business where they are at now will get a new commissioner in there who will let them have a voice and fix what’s wrong with the league. Someone has to, it’s not like Stern is interested in doing so. As far as he’s concerned, his league is A-Okay!