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David Stern sends not so subtle message to Stan Van Gundy

Mar 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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Stan Van Gundy called NBA Commissioner David Stern a dictator. In so many words. He said Stern does not allow a diversity of opinions or people to express their thoughts.

Stern is not amused.

Hence his comments on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show Thursday.

“I would just render a guess that we’re not going to be hearing from him for the rest of the season…

“Oh, I have whatever influence the (league) bylaws and constitution give me, and they’re substantial, but I have a feeling that some modicum of self restraint will cause Stan and the team for which he works to rein in his abhorrent behavior.”

Of course, that comment really makes Van Gundy’s original point better than Van Gundy could.

You know Van Gundy will have a response. He’ll try not to. He may even make it a few days. But at some point, in a moment of frustration, it will slip. Then Van Gundy will write a big check.

  1. zblott - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Does anyone think Stern is not a dictator?

  2. adamthompson24 - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Wow, Stern – just flaunt the power a little more…you would think he’d have taken the high road on the issue, but his ego wouldn’t allow it

  3. truprof - Mar 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    The Little Napoleon, doing his strutting and preening routine! David Stern has compensation issues!

  4. henryd3rd - Mar 10, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    As the Pharaoh Ramses I said, “So let it be written! So let it be done”! I have spoken. If Stan Van wants to keep his “cha ching” in his pocket he better button his lip. It’s one thing to espouse an opinion; but King David don’t joke. His power is absolute and if Stan Van wants to try and see how far he can go he had better have his check book open and ready to write out a big one. Probably in the six figure range.

  5. frankvzappa - Mar 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    if that is not dictator-speak for “he will shut up because we threatened his family”, i dont know what is

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