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Video: David Stern is amused by being booed at NBA Draft

Jun 29, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

It is an annual tradition, like overpriced water at the Coachella music festival.

Fans at the NBA Draft boo NBA Commissioner David Stern with gusto.

Stern seems amused by it and starts trolling the crowd, really dragging out the “champion Miami Heat” line and at one point putting up his hand to his ear like Hulk Hogan. It was vintage Stern.

Of course, later the crowd goes crazy for Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, showering him with love. As if Silver had not been the hardliner from management during the NBA labor negotiations last summer.

I can’t wait until three years from now when we can boo Silver and wildly cheer whoever his No. 2 is.

Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie.

  1. troy10 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Stern used to be regarded as the best commissioner of all the major sports leagues. Now, he just seems very confrontational and amused by certain things instead of just acting professional about it.
    I think it’s time for a new NBA commissioner. Overall, he’s done his job well, but it’s time for a new voice.

    • bougin89 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Couldn’t. Agree. More.

    • thebigkahuna23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Did you hear his interview with jim rome?

  2. blueintown - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Clown move by a guy in an executive position. Completely unprofessional. But ultimately harmless.

    • hojo20 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      I’d rather have him with a sense of humor than the other three dopes in MLB, NHL, NFL.

    • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Why is it important for him to have a sense of humor? His job isn’t to make you laugh, that’s the Charlotte Bobcats job. Regardless, as I said before: harmless.

  3. cosanostra71 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Water is free at Coachella if you have a bottle to fill up!

  4. pmd5319 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is. He was just playing to the crowd, had some fun with it. Stern is the best commish in sports. I don’t think people realize how hard it is to continually make the NBA relevant to the “occasional” basketball fan. He’s not out there marketing Payton Manning, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, and Albert Pujols. He had a ref go to jail on game fixing allegations and it’s rarely, if ever mentioned. That would cripple other leagues. That’s the power of D Stern.

    • passerby23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      I don’t have a particular problem with him playing around about boos, but I don’t think he’s ever going to win people ever by condescendingly and snarly dismissing claims about lottery fixing. There is a much more professional way of responding to such claims even if you are lying. His behavior on the Jim Rome show didn’t help his cause any.

      Then, there’s the Tim Donaghy scandal. He would have us believe this was an isolated incident and NO other ref has been paid to fix games is on par with lone gunman theories. It’s ridiculous. Obviously, that’s what he has to to do to save face and try to put the allegations to bed, but nobody really believes it.

      It’s things like that that come across as cowardly and disingenuous. From a fan’s perspective, the NBA on ABC is a significant downgrade from the NBA on NBC. Again, they took the money to put out an inferior product. A good business decision, I guess, but doesn’t endear you to fans.

  5. cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Vince McMahon 2.0 NBA is fixed!

  6. 91devinhester23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    lol i love how the boos tripled when he said heat championship

  7. baddorange - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    ALL the commissioners suck. Stern more then the rest, with Goodell closing in quickly.

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