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David Stern not a fan of "The Decision" but is fan of right of players to choose

Jul 12, 2010, 10:02 PM EST

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for stern ASW.jpgIt wasn’t LeBron’s decision that bothered David Stern, it was “The Decision.”

In press conference in Las Vegas Monday, David Stern said LeBron James was more than free to make any decision he wanted, as were Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He credited Miami with clearing the cap space to pull off the coup.

Tampering? Fugetaboutit.

“The 3 players are totally within their rights to talk to each other,” Stern said. “That is not tampering.”

Now, how LeBron James made his announcement… That’s another matter.

“The advice that he received on this was poor…” Stern said. “His honesty and his integrity, I think, shined through. But this decision was ill-conceived.”

Stern was in Vegas for a meeting of the owners. He said out of that that the owners and players are not as far apart on agreeing what the actual numbers are on basketball revenues as the players think.

He was asked about better revenue sharing between the teams to help even out the playing field, and he promised that will be “robust” in the future. It’s needed — the Lakers pull in about $2 million in gross revenue per game, the Memphis Grizzlies and others are at less than $400,000. Throw in the disparity of local television contracts and some teams can easily afford some luxury tax, while others cannot.

But Stern could look around the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas, see a sold out arena for a second night to watch John Wall and the other guys here, to watch a lot of guys just hoping to make an NBA roster, and realize business is pretty good.

  1. NBA Sucks - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Soon the NBA will be going the way of MLB- all the big market teams will be “buying” all the better players and the small market teams will be s–t out of luck. I don’t know who is a worse commissioner, Stern or Gary Bettman!! They are both a joke!!

  2. Sharona - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    In the word of Ricky Ricardo “This is just a so ridicules”

  3. MB - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    I find it strange that Stern didn’t mention all of the money and college scholarships donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America as a result of “The Decision” show.

  4. Thee Ox - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    How bout those Yankees!!

  5. SDL - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Lebron needs new representation. He has surrounded himself with amateurs. I understand the friend thing but you need professionals to handle your business dealings. It is blatantly obvious after this fiasco these guys are way out of their league.

  6. Ken Covert - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    Where’s Jesse Jackson..I think Sterns’family use to own slaves..

  7. Adjua - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    Guys like ken covert are the reason why jessee jackson is still in business. you don’t get it, you won’t get it because it is beyond your beer and tobacca chew cans.

  8. Patrick A - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    I am sure you would prefer, some JEW boy to handle his business.

  9. john - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    At least Stern is better than the idiot baseball comissioner.

  10. breeze6839 - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    I wouldn’t walk across the street to see an NBA game anyway, they are a bunch of spoiled brats. College is waaaaaay better!!! They need to start throwing players out of the league who can’t follow the rules, so many players would kill to get in that it is a disservice to them to allow this type of shenanigans to go on. Pro sports are a joke and yet you people keep going to those games and supporting people who your children try and emulate and then you wonder why they act that way.

  11. golfinsailor - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    Stern is a wimp. Lebron James, Dewayne Wade and Chris Bosh gamed the system so they could play together and when that happened in major league baseball that was called collusion. Back in the 1980s, the commissioner of baseball invalidated many free agent contracts because of collusion. Would David Stern do the same? I doubt it.
    The intregity of the game and league is most important, not some self indulgent super star player. There should be a full investigation in to that deal and if it shows that the “three kings” did plan that before the “official” date for free agency, then the “three kings” should have those contracts invalidated, suspended for one season and become free agents again.
    There should be another investigation as to whether Lebron James threw the playoff series against Boston to make it easier for him to leave the team. His play in game five in front of a home audience where the Cavaliers lost by 32 points just two games aftr thrashing Boston on their court by an equal margin. Lebron James took few shots in the first half and when he took his shots, he missed more than he made. He was not playing with his usual passion and intensity and it seemed that he was detached when he was on the bench. His play in game six was also not his usual style of play. In fact the commentators on the television were wondering whether he was injured or if there was “bad blood” between Lebron James and the coach or team.
    If it is learned that he deliberately did not play with his usual passion or had already planned on leaving the team (but keeping that to himself) and had more to gain for himself by losing the playoff series, then he should be kicked out of the NBA permanently. The league and game cannot have a super star player who has the potential or the will to throw a playoff series. It is as bad as the “black sox” scandal from 90 years ago.
    David Stern is allowing the league and the game to be taken over by a super star culture at the expense of the integrity of the league and game. Outside of south Florida, that “three kings” side show was disgusting to watch. It is nothing but an exercise in self indulgence by three self indulgent over paid basketball players.

  12. nameisstan - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    JEW boy?
    Bigot

  13. Octavio - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Agree!

  14. My Decision - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    You have repeated some of what I have been saying through this entire millionaire circus side show but you went one better. I have been saying that he quit that series and yes, if the Cavs would have gone on and won the Finals James would have had no good excuse to leave Cleveland.
    In regards to Sterns comment about how LeBron handled this, he is full of it. How often in the middle of July does the NBA get this much attention. The baseball all-star game is this evening and we are still talking about this.
    I think the calmer Dan Gilbert summed things up in his interview with Sports Illustrated, LeBron went to Miami because there is absolutely no pressure. South Beach is not a basketball town and when it really comes down to it Florida is just not a professional sports state. It is populated by transplants from all over the country and Cuba. He doesn’t have Jordan’s shadow to deal with in Chicago, he doesn’t have the press to deal with in NY and he doesn’t have the pressure to bring his home the championship, which he proved he can not do. He has sunny beaches and two all-stars to play with so he basically has taken his pressure level down to nothing. If the Heat doesn’t make it to the Finals is anyone really going to care?
    The only thing that did not make sense to me before but does now, why would you go to a team that has a player with a ring? Wade has his and as long as LeBoob plays in Florida Wade will always be one better than him. For someone that wanted to be known as the greatest player ever, this defeats that goal. They may have taken a pay cut but this is all about the money and someone whispered in his ear that he can make a lot of money with a lot less pressure playing with the Heat.
    In my opinion, the tampering didn’t happen with the basketball contracts. There is probably some huge deal with Nike and other sponsors that made this a very lucrative deal.
    LeBron’s next shoe should be called, leave um at the alter.

  15. jeff - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    NBA has fallen from grace with most people, as it is now a bunch of gun-toting money hungry thugs. I used to hate college hoops, but now it’s all I watch. The NBA’s reputation for troubled players is the exact reason that Las Vegas wants nothing to do with the NBA anymore- no more tourneys, no professional team, etc. Too much chance for ties to crime.
    Clean up the sport and figure out a way to get your EMPLOYEES to act in a manner in which you want your team represented; the players are still just employees of a company, and should be expected to behave as such. The NBA should also not let anyone who has not attended college to enter, or prior to reaching the age of 21. Putting millions of dollars in the hands of almost teenagers is just plain stupid.

  16. jeff - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    NBA has fallen from grace with most people, as it is now a bunch of gun-toting money hungry thugs. I used to hate college hoops, but now it’s all I watch. The NBA’s reputation for troubled players is the exact reason that Las Vegas wants nothing to do with the NBA anymore- no more tourneys, no professional team, etc. Too much chance for ties to crime.
    Clean up the sport and figure out a way to get your EMPLOYEES to act in a manner in which you want your team represented; the players are still just employees of a company, and should be expected to behave as such. The NBA should also not let anyone who has not attended college to enter, or prior to reaching the age of 21. Putting millions of dollars in the hands of almost teenagers is just plain stupid.

  17. jeff - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    NBA has fallen from grace with most people, as it is now a bunch of gun-toting money hungry thugs. I used to hate college hoops, but now it’s all I watch. The NBA’s reputation for troubled players is the exact reason that Las Vegas wants nothing to do with the NBA anymore- no more tourneys, no professional team, etc. Too much chance for ties to crime.
    Clean up the sport and figure out a way to get your EMPLOYEES to act in a manner in which you want your team represented; the players are still just employees of a company, and should be expected to behave as such. The NBA should also not let anyone who has not attended college to enter, or prior to reaching the age of 21. Putting millions of dollars in the hands of almost teenagers is just plain stupid.

  18. GilT - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Excellent! Thank you. A good, strong read, logically sound, impressive. And, no, I don’t want to get a room…

  19. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Same to you, My D…

  20. ken covert - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Well at least you spelled beer right boy!

  21. Anonymous - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    The NBA is just a league of thugs and now LeBron with all his disgusting tattoes is now the leader of the NBA League of Thugs

  22. ur_a_redneck - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    You ignorant, disgusting redneck. Crawl back under your rock you cretin. It doesn’t matter what religion, color, or background someone is, but the advise LeBron got sucked. Period, end of. You, on the other hand, will go on contaminating the air of the rest of the world until God gives us a break and takes you from this earth. It can’t happen soon enough.

  23. Randall - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    “The advice that he received on this was poor…” Stern said. “His honesty and his integrity, I think, shined through. But this decision was ill-conceived.”
    Funny how Gilbert/Jackson messed up, but the Queen “got bad advice”. CLUE FOR MR. STERN: Queenie’s a big boy now, you can’t go blaming his handlers. Stand up and tell the world your prized toy screwed up. What’s he going to do-take his ball and run to Europe?
    Bottom line: Queen acted extremely childishly and egotistically. He deserves to have several new ones ripped for him.

  24. Dave - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Folks, this was a way to keep the East competitive with the Lakers and the better Western teams. The Celtics are getting old and can’t keep up with the fast-pace teams of the West. Now, the East has 3 guys with young, fast legs on the same team. Making the finals next year more exciting, IMO. Stern knew all about this deal, it was set in motion years ago. Its all about selling soap and this one will sell loads of it.

  25. LaVerne - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    To all the people saying Lebron needs to be shame, then shame on you all. The only problem here is that Lebron’s team thought of the idea first and he and his manager friends are the ones reapping he benefits. You do not need as someone in the post said professional representation, so I guess everyone needs a guy who everyone goes with as a sports agent. I guess if the right people had been behind him then it is ok. David Stern is crazy also and he is mad because Lebron’s announcement got more ratings than the set-up NBA finals. The owner for the Cav’s is mad because his cash cow is gone bye-bye. The man was a free agent and if he would have said something earlier to the Cav’s they would have broadcasted it, if he would have stayed the owner would have been going to the bank. There are superstar players in every sport! Lebron happens to be one and I do not see anyone complaining about how much money he is generating for the NBA. If David Stern was so concerned about what Lebron did with his announcement, then why do they hold public auctions like the NBA Draft and sell players to the highest bidders, see the irony!

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