How does the selection of the commissioner happen? Are they kind of like...lifetime leaders, or are they voted in by owners? I guess I'm asking this for 2 reasons: because I legitimately don't know, and because I don't understand how Stern still has a job. Lol
David Stern made the NBA profitable (well Jordan did). It's like the Republicans and Ronald Regan (Baby Boomers ie. computers). It only happen because of the timing in that era not actual results. That's why its so hard now to pitch this game to regular folks... Majority of folks don't play hard, too many games, NO WHITE STARS (outside of Nash and Dirk, but neither is American), and too much lead way given to players and teams... LeBron's traveling, Rondo punching Brad Miller, The Kings vs. The Lakers... The No Hand Checking rule... Suspending players for a whole year for fighting... Like that's entertainment (Go look at how Dr. J jumped Larry Bird)... The league is soft with black players getting checks regardless and not playing hard. Since, majority of the money in America is owned by white America outside of fanatics WHO WILL PAY FOR THAT? To be I honest if I wasn't a fan I probably wouldn't pay for it either... It made the league a joke with his B!+(# @ss...
^^Tuck you started off making some great points..Then you LOST ME....SMH
Very passionate post. I am glad that you pointed out the race factor in the correct context. I would vote for you over David Stern 8 days of the weeks.
I'm just passionate when it comes to this subject and everything comes to my head at once... My bad... But basically Stern has turned the NBA something that was entertainment into a cheesy product for money by allowing bul ish to happen..
Stern's a Bag!
I totally agree, and I know no one wants to hear this, but its too much politics and pre-determined outcomes (to put things mildly) in the game today. Of course its about money, but some things are absolutely ridiculous and insults the intelligence of the fans. One of my biggest peeves with Stern right now is this crap about keeping the #1 picks in suspense, when their really is none.
reporter: "so Flip, are you going to use the #1 pick in the draft to select Point Guard John Wall?"
Flip (aloud): "well, John is a great player and he is definitely a possibility but there are some other great players here and we will just have to see how they perform in the combine and go from there"
Flip: (thinking to himself) OMG, this is such BS, think I am gonna throw up in my mouth. whadduthink? I am not gonna pick Wall and end up jobless, yeah, I just have dummy written all over my forehead"
Nobody even answered this question. It went from how does a commisioner get hired/fired to the race issuse of the NBA.
I was curious as to find out how the commisioner gets hired as well.
Maybe once some of the knowledgable posters on the site log on later today, we'll find out.
I remember watching a segment on TNT during All-Star weekend 3-4 years ago. They were saying that when they needed a new commish in the 80s, Red Aurbach saw David Stern's signature, and said, "That would look great on a basketball". And I think Red had the final say in that matter. I think that is how that particular hiring happened, but in general, I really don't know.
Tuck, you lost me when you went from how did Stern become commish to talking about race?
Alot of guys that are in high positions in the 4 major sports came from the Law Firm Proskauer Rose...David Stern,NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman,Bob Batterman counsel for the NFL,NHL,MLS,Howard Gantz counsel for the MLB,even TWolves owner Kahn went there..lol...
But Stern had been working for the league since 1966,as a lawyer and outside counsel..Advising the league office on business dealings..He helped merge the defunct ABA with the NBA..In 1978 he was named general counsel..By 1980 he was Executive Vice President ..Former NBA Commisioner Larry O'Brien created several jobs just for Stern,some said he was privately training Stern to be his successor...
The league respected his decisions and his contributions to league over the years..The board of governors and league owners voted him commissioner,which was a wise choice..I dont know whats on his mind these days....
I think what Tuck was focusing on more was how the Commish KEEPS or loses his job rather than the process in how he acquires it. The question is, is it a simple hire or is it a vote....which you answered. Now, is there a term or tenure? Or when they get tired do they just vote him out?
He can be voted out,by the owners or he can resign...Stern has done a great job,even the players will admit that..But he will be 70 years old next year,and i'm not being mean,but everyone knows people's minds arent as sharp at 70 as it was at 40...maybe he should have a successor in training waiting in the wings....