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Stern: If no deal by Tuesday, Christmas games may be canceled

Oct 13, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

*Jul 24 - 00:05*

David Stern got his chance on WFAN Thursday, a day after Billy Hunter expressed optimism while spinning the same rhetoric we’ve heard for months. Stern got his own rhetoric on, but more importantly, he dropped this raven on the window sill.

“If we don’t make it on Tuesday,” Stern says, “my gut is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day.”Thu Oct 13 20:32:48 via web


So that’s how it’s going to be, eh, NBA? You’re stealing Christmas? You want to take Christmas away from us, in October?

Stern’s comment is alarming, which makes you wonder how accurate it is. Look, the two sides are miles apart, even if they’re feet apart on BRI. There’s no way they’re closing the gap in five days when they’re not even meeting before then. So how are they going to close it? They’re meeting with a mediator on Monday. In two days he’s supposed to clear up three years of distrust and dispute? Furthermore, Stern waited until just this week to cancel games in less than a month. So why then would Christmas be in so much danger a week later?

The answer comes in that Stern’s applying pressure, just as he did with the threat of canceling games, and the bigger concern is that if a deal doesn’t get done next week, this thing goes into the courts. Both sides know it, both sides are afraid of it, both sides are trying to avoid it.

Stern also said that it was the players’ side who brought up the 50/50 compromise, the second time he’s made that assertion which the union disputes in the past month. He then claimed that the union’s “negotiator” which is code for Billy Hunter, could not get the deal approved by the union, with Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett going into their “gnash teeth” mode. It was a pretty brutal undercut of Hunter, another sign of Stern’s maneuverability in the ring.

We thought this thing was going to get uglier. We were right.

  1. Robert - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Good riddence NBA……..

  2. jesse1834 - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Who cares? NBA doesn’t get interesting until January/Feb.

  3. neeciekay - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    “Robert” you must be one of those lame types that don’t posess an athletic bone in your body, got kicked around in school, because your were weak, and/or got your girl stolen by the captain of the basketball team? LOL, you sound jealous and pathetic! “Good riddence”?? Really? Your woman must outwardly express her love for the hard-bods that are the Gods of the NBA. Once again: Pathetic! Or better still, you must live in a city where the basketball team reaks, and is not even worthy to be in in the National Basketball Association. . .one more time (for the road): PATHETIC!! Why are you even reading articles pertaining to the NBA and it’s future if you don’t care? You sound real stupid, jealous, and dumb!! These are the livelyhoods of families that you are denouncing. I hope your job lays you off, and tells you: “good riddence”! You’d be deserving of that and a whole lot more. GO BULLS!!!! GO CELTS!! Let’s get this show back on the road!!

  4. charlutes - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    I have a sure fire way to end the lockout. Send Shaq in as the player’s negotiator, then have him bite off and swallow Stern’s repulsive little head. Problem Solved!

  5. florida727 - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    All fans, you know, the ones that pay the bills for all those lavish salaries and mega-TV contracts, wish to tell the NBA that if there’s no deal by Tuesday, we boycott the entire season and you billionaire crybabies can all go f*ck yourselves. Is that okay, David?

  6. jimsjam33 - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Let’s see . No NBA basketball on Christmas . Maybe , I’ll spend some time with my kids and as a family we can sit on the dinner table and thank the good Lord for all our blessings . Wait a minute ! Maybe I’ll get down on my knee’s and thank the Lord for the birth of his son Jesus Christ . After all , that’s why we celebrate Christmas right ? No NBA basketball on Christmas ? Maybe the players can spend some time with their families and thank the good Lord they have jobs . Christmas is the best time of the year and it’s not because of NBA basketball .

    • eaglesandravens - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      amen

  7. jbraxton3rd - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Who cares??? Do us a favor and cancel the whole season!!!!

  8. joeh3 - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Who cares? Not me and millions of others. Stern better get off his high horse and realize the NBA isn’t respected at all. What a joke.

  9. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    gettttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt a deal done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    need to see my New York knicks play

  10. jessieboom - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Who gives a poop?

  11. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    to solve da problem for NBA small Market teams are more revenue share with big market
    and small Market (NFL style) fix da draft (NFL style) worst team get the 1st pick
    that how u get competitive balance
    lower contract instead of max is 5yrs make it 4yrs

  12. asublimeday - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    I hate stern so much.

  13. asublimeday - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Let’s see . No NBA basketball on Christmas . Maybe , I’ll spend some time with my kids and as a family we can sit on the dinner table and thank the good Lord for all our blessings . Wait a minute ! Maybe I’ll get down on my knee’s and thank the Lord for the birth of his son Jesus Christ . After all , that’s why we celebrate Christmas right ? No NBA basketball on Christmas ? Maybe the players can spend some time with their families and thank the good Lord they have jobs . Christmas is the best time of the year and it’s not because of NBA basketball
    ———-

    No worries, there’s still football!

  14. deiong - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    what do you expect from the most corrupt commisionare of any sports..

  15. jimeejohnson - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    There’s still Santa Claus!

  16. wettennis - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Let the owners cry, but the players should not give them more than 47%, as they are the ones who make the money for the owners.

  17. ksctychiefs - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    something tells me the whole season is lost….and so is the nba as we have known it….why? …..weren’t more than half the teams losing money even before the strike….with an entire lost season,and the ire of the guy who pays the bills,i.e,the ‘fan’,it may not be a stretch to say 8-10 teams may survive a lost season….fat cat rich players presume alot in assuming that ‘it’ will ‘always’ be there to come back to…..at risk is not only a lost season but a complete downsizing of the nba( 10-20 teams left?),as well as players salaries….

  18. imaduffer - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    I wonder what all those wannabes in high school and college are thinking now? Maybe I should have gone to class? Nah…..

  19. yournuts - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    I stand with the owners! If the players don’t think they have enough money then own their own business and see what it’s like to run a business or work a job. I wonder what kind of salaries they will get? They were made stars by the NBA, and they get paid plenty. Let Lebron share his salary or endorsements with the other greedy players. Why do NBA players think they are above everybody else. The average person can hardly afford to go to a game anymore. GREEDY PLAYERS.

  20. denverdude7 - Oct 14, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    Keep up the good work Mr. Stern.
    An NBA free Christmas sounds wonderful !!!
    Now, get to work on not only cancelling the remainder of this season but the next 4 or 5 seasons as well.

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