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David Stern complains about all the complaining

Apr 22, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for davidstern-ap.jpgPlayers are complaining about refs, Commissioner David Stern is fining them. Coaches are complaining about the refs, Stern is fining them. I think if he could fine this and other blogs, he would.

But in comments to the media before the Lakers/Thunder game, he admitted that Pandora’s Box is open and the toils and sickness and complaining back in the box (as reported to the Daily News in LA)

“I wish I had it to do all over again, and starting 20 years ago I would be suspending Phil and Pat Riley (then coach of the New York Knicks) for all the games they play in the media, because you guys know our referees go out there and knock themselves out doing the best job they can.

“But we have coaches who try to work them publicly and what that does is erode fan confidence and you get some of the situations we’ve had. So our coaches should be quiet because this is a good business that makes them good livings and supports a lot of families. If they don’t like it they should go get a job someplace else.”

Right, like who is going to hire Phil Jackson to sell cars?

Rather than complaining about the complaining, more transparency for the referees might help. And not the lip service and small steps we’ve seen, but real transparency.

  1. Randall - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Maybe get better officiating? If I’m spending 100s of millions on a team, I’ll damn well bitch when I please.

  2. Barry N - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Are you kidding me. The officiating is crappy and inconsistent, stars are favored and rookies are not, and Stern thinks no one should bitch about it? He lost control of the officials a long time ago, should have held them to a standard, instead of the owners and players. Its almost like watching wrestling referees.

  3. ROGER GLENN MILLER - May 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    I THINK YOU SHOULD STEP DOWN FROM YOUR JOB,FOR ALLOWING THE REFEREES
    TO TAKE SIDES IN A BALL GAME,WHICH CHANGES THE OUT COME OF THE GAME.

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