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Blazers GM almost got $1 million fine for saying “yeah”

Jul 13, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

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David Stern is all about controlling the message.

Only he or his designated representatives will speak to the league on all lockout issues. Not general managers, not coaches, not even team owners. Nobody. The message will be controlled and on point.

As a hammer to back that up, there is the threat of a $1 million fine for anyone speaking on the issue. Which has gotten so overboard in the league office that Portland Trail Blazers GM Chris Buchanan almost got fined for saying one word. The Portland Tribune has the details.

Witness a recent interview with Trail Blazers acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. When it was observed that it’s too bad there is no summer league scheduled, Buchanan replied, “Yeah.”

Shortly thereafter, the league threatened Buchanan with a $1 million fine, according to one source. Insanity.

Stern has gotten what he wants — a league walking on eggshells, not talking and thereby not screwing up his message.

“There’s a line in the sand that the NBA has drawn for everybody, but nobody knows exactly where the line is,” one NBA team employee says. “Everybody is scared, not wanting to be the first to be hit with a fine.”

  1. redbear18 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Stern needs to be fired.

    • icu84bs - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Cheers.

    • dgforreal - Jul 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM


  2. blueintown - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    If I fined Kurt $1 million for every grammar/spelling mistake in his headlines I would be a bazillinoaire.

    • blueintown - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      There. That’s better. Now let’s try that pre-publishing, shall we?

    • kast2l - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      i have yet to understand why like a good 20-30% of the people that read these articles/blogs and continue to comment on grammar and spelling mistakes, if you have an issue with it simply stop visiting the website its that simple.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        It probably has something to do with supposed professional writers being unable to 1) spell properly, and 2) use spell-check. Even if you can’t spell, computers offer to do it for you. If you fail to use that option, you leave yourself open to well-deserved abuse.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM


  3. goforthanddie - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Stern’s an ass and Portland doesn’t have a GM. Fact-checking should go hand-in-hand with spell-checking.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      He is officially the acting general manager.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

        Then say that. “GM” and “acting GM” are as different as “professional journalist and…

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    And people get upset that i call Him and Goodell Nazi’s….this once again proves my point that they are and both need to GO!

  5. jollyjoker2 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Stern is smart not wanting anyone to get sued. You can’t have a union gripe while negotiating. People who think you can just mouth off any time you want don’t understand anything.

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