Tag: David Stern

Former NBA star Olajuwon greets outgoing NBA Commissioner Stern at the end of the first round of selections at the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

David Stern announces his final draft pick as commissioner (VIDEO)


It was well played all around.

Of course the fans in Brooklyn welcomed David Stern to the podium with a chorus of boos to start the night — and over the course of the first round he played along and taunted them a little, saying he couldn’t hear them. But when it came time to make is final pick he got a respectful standing ovation from the crowd.

Then Stern introduced commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver, and the crowd booed him.

Then Silver brought “The Dream” back out on the stage. Just well don all around.

David Stern shoots down Clippers/Celtics trade as constructed

File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

There are two key rules in play here.

One, you can’t trade a player for a coach. That is not actually in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (according to Larry Coon, CBA expert), the document doesn’t mention the idea at all, but the league is saying since it is not outlined as permitted it is not allowed.

Two, you can’t have any side, wink-wink deals tied to a trade. That is clearly laid out in the document.

So the Clippers can’t just throw two first round picks as compensation for Doc Rivers as part of a DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett trade, as has been proposed and the teams had basically agreed to.

NBA Commissioner David Stern himself shot the idea down on ESPN Radio in New York, as transcribed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

“The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts…

“The teams know that,” Stern said. “It has been confirmed to them. … It can’t be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions.”

“If you think those, at this point — having been all over the media for the last week — are separate transactions … I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.

That leaves the Clippers and Celtics trying to find a workaround. The Celtics don’t want Doc Rivers to leave them as coach and head to another team without compensation, but how to get that to pass muster with the league remains a real sticking point now.

This is different then when Stern blocked the trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers — at that time he was acting as the defacto owner of the Hornets (remember George Shinn sold the team to the league which sold it a year later to Tom Benson, the trade was proposed while the team was in the league’s control). This time he’s acting as commissioner. Not that many people are going to make that distinction.

David Stern talks about why nation doesn’t fully embrace Spurs

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

NBA Commissioner David Stern — at least for seven more months — swung by the Dan Patrick Show to talk all things about the Association such as Dennis Rodman in North Korea and the coaching carousel.

But the interesting discussion comes in near the end, when Stern and Patrick discuss why the nation has been slow to fully embrace the San Antonio Spurs and their brand of basketball. And they don’t — ratings for this Finals (at least before Game 6) were lower than last year (when there was no Game 6), and this has historically been the case with the Spurs.

Go ahead and blame the media if you want, but to me it’s a chicken-or-the-egg question? Why are there more Miami Heat/LeBron James (and Lakers and Knicks and Derrick Rose) stories on this site than Bobcats and Grizzlies? Because you click on them in far greater numbers. Be it the more casual fan or however you choose to define it, the simple numbers tell me people care more about LeBron riding his bike to the arena than they do an analysis of the Pacers pick-and-roll coverage. There’s room for both on the Web (and on this blog), but the media is more of a democracy than you think — you get more of what you choose to read. You don’t have to like it, but that’s the reality. And the reality of the Spurs in the national marketplace.