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David Stern wins war of words with Stan Van Gundy

Mar 11, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

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First Stan Van Gundy said he wasn’t allowed to have an opinion on Dwight Howard’s technical because David Stern is essentially a Middle Eastern dictator in terms of allowing a diversity of opinion.

Stern shot back that he wasn’t going to talk to Van Gundy but would speak to Orlando Magic management about Van Gundy’s “abhorrent behavior.”

The ball is in your court, Van Gundy, what say you (via the Associated Press):

“I’ve been told I can’t comment.”

Game, set, match to Mr. Stern.

Stern does not like people undermining the authority of the league office or the referees. Whether or not said criticisms are valid or not (and Van Gundy’s about the foul calls on Dwight Howard has some merit) is immaterial — you will respect my authoritah!

And David Stern does not lose these battles.

  1. frankvzappa - Mar 12, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    im surprised Van Gundy isnt dead

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      I heard Ghadafi and Stern were meeting today to discuss the best ways to run a totalitarian regime(sic). Won’t be too far off before this starts happening.

  2. zblott - Mar 12, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Stern is a Napoleanic jerk who controls everything he can to maximize league income.

    • jstrizzle - Mar 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      And he sucks at doing that as well

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      I want to know if the 4 people who gave the thumbs down are some of the guys forced to bow down to Stern.

  3. fanoredsox - Mar 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    All of the Pro League Commish’s act this way. I truly believe you must have a God like complex to even be considered for the job. I think the coaches should be allowed to criticize the ref’s. If they make bad calls (which they do more times than not) they should be held accountable by the people that they are making the calls for or against.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      The NCAA held their zebras accountable, why can’t the NBA hold the grey shirts accountable? I’ve seen Bill Kennedy(someone pretty well respected in the league) blow tons of calls this season. But never have I heard Stern come out to say anything about it. He defends them with, “the players don’t respect the game, prepare for a bunch of players getting T’d up.”

      Friggen Commie.

  4. bigtrav425 - Mar 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    i despise that scumbag Nazi Stern

  5. tubal22 - Mar 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    If you’re a representative of a company who is a member of an association, and you start calling that association’s president a nazi, chances are, your employer will be kicked out of that association, or you will be fired by your employer.

    Obviously the NBA can’t kick out the Magic, but they can sure put some pressure on them to keep their employee quiet. I’m sure there’s some type of rules with regards to team representatives talking about the NBA. And SVG just broke them.

    The commish is irrelevant.

  6. denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Does Stern realize the fans don’t like him? He’s probably not worried because the casual fans that don’t know he exists overrun the die hard fans.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      By casual fans, I meant Lakers fans…(saying this for the thumbs down!)

  7. goforthanddie - Mar 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    “I’ve been told I can’t comment.”
    I’d call that a point for Stan Van Jeremy.

  8. kountryking - Mar 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    This is the National Basketball Association and the “National” refers to the United States and Canada where democratic processes and freedom of speech prevail. David Stern is a nothing. A mere executive like Barak Obama. Without the Stan Van Gundys to speak the truth plainly and the Rasheed Wallaces to scowl, there is no NBA. Stern needs to go the way of Mubarak and his ilk.

  9. djeg07 - Mar 12, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Stern is a selfish ass that only wants what he thinks is great. he wants and thrives on the power teams instead of having parody like NFL. Instead of 30 teams lets just make 6. he would be happy. Stern is an idiot that caught lightening in a botle with majic bird and jordan, and trying to get it again while he misses what cleveland had san antonio has and orlando is doing, but lets cover up the ‘rogue’ ref but still allow crawford and bavetta to call their ‘own’ games. nba is spirling down, nfl is off, mlb is soon…..

  10. helinhater - Mar 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Regardless of your opinion on the matter, you might want to hold off on calling David Stern, a Jewish man, a Nazi.

    It would be akin to calling Michael Jordan a slave owner.

    It’s not only insensitive…it’s ignorant.

    That said – Stern can be a real prick.

  11. santanaspikez - Mar 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    @hell youre a idiot just like stern. i hate this a-hole.

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