David Stern Has James Dolan's Back Too

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already announced his support for Knicks owner James Dolan, who responded to a letter from an angry 72-year-old fan by telling him he should "try sobriety" and start rooting for the Nets. Silver said that was just Dolan being "a consummate New Yorker," which, as a New Yorker, makes me… » 2/10/15 9:46am 2/10/15 9:46am

Adam Silver Is More Like David Stern Than You Think

Jason Whitlock on David Stern's legacy: "Stern was a bully. He convinced everyone, employees and reporters who covered his league, that he was the smartest, most dangerous man in the room. His profanity-laced tantrums were legendary and effective. His ability to make his enemies uncomfortable was real." [ESPN] » 1/31/14 5:20pm 1/31/14 5:20pm

Shoals on David Stern: "And that's why your retirement is both sad and in some sense, a relief. There's nothing quite like the softening of authority figures, like those presidents who voters want to have a beer with, or prize-winning novelists playing Boggle. At the same time, the feeling that I've repeatedly been… » 1/23/14 9:24am 1/23/14 9:24am

Mark Cuban Wants One More NBA Fine Before David Stern Retires

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NBA commissioner David Stern have a deep, expensive history. Cuban's publicly voiced his criticism of the league and its officials, and in turn, Stern has made him pay. With Stern retiring in a couple of weeks, Cuban's mulling one more pricy splash. » 1/16/14 9:00pm 1/16/14 9:00pm

Watch David Stern Choking In Slow Motion, Because It Is Fun

David Stern had a drinking problem last night while in attendance at last night's Clippers-Nets game in Brooklyn. He just so happened to choke while on TNT's camera, meaning we can exploit it for our own artistic/deviant purposes. » 12/13/13 1:55pm 12/13/13 1:55pm

NBA Finals Will Return To Boring Ol' 2-2-1-1-1 Format

After almost 30 years of using the 2-3-2 schedule in the Finals — giving the team with the worse record three straight home games — the NBA voted today to return to a schedule that would alternate venues for the final four games of a seven-game Finals. The 2-2-1-1-1 format is more "fair," according to the fair… » 10/23/13 9:12pm 10/23/13 9:12pm

Bottom Line: How Sports Leagues Crack The Whip On ESPN

"We're not in the business of antagonizing our partner," the ESPN executive told the New York Times, defending the network's sudden withdrawal of support for a program that made the NFL look bad. This wasn't last week. This was nine years ago. » 8/28/13 3:44pm 8/28/13 3:44pm

NBA Board Of Governors Approves Rule Changes For Next Season

Last night, the NBA Board of Governors approved the implementation of a handful of rule changes, which include a few tweaks to the league's instant replay policies. » 7/19/13 9:05am 7/19/13 9:05am

A Supercut Of David Stern Getting Booed And Loving It

Soon-to-be-retired commissioner David Stern presided over his final NBA draft last night, and as has been the case throughout his career, he was enthusiastically booed each time he appeared on stage. » 6/28/13 10:08am 6/28/13 10:08am

A History Lesson For Sacramento: How Kansas City Lost The Kings

The owners insisted they had no plans to move the team. That's what the Maloofs swore, raising their right hand as their left hand worked deals with buyers first from Anaheim, then Virginia Beach, then Seattle. And that's what the owners of the Kansas City Kings maintained 30 years ago, even as they did everything in… » 1/24/13 11:05am 1/24/13 11:05am

San Francisco Chronicle: David Stern Schedules Games On Christmas…

Oh, good: Bruce Jenkins took some space in his recent column about the NBA to suggest that David Stern ruined Christmas with basketball because he's Jewish: » 12/16/12 5:25pm 12/16/12 5:25pm

All Four Major Commissioners Whined In A Court Record About New…

The state of New Jersey plans to legalize sports wagering as early as January by defying the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Governor Chris Christie and other New Jersey lawmakers support this on the theory that it would cut into the profits of the many illegal and offshore sports betting… » 12/09/12 5:20pm 12/09/12 5:20pm

David Stern Doesn't Have A Problem With Shitty Basketball Games; He Has…

When Gregg Popovich decided to rest four of the Spurs' best players last night—a decision made well in advance of their game against the Heat, if Pop is to be believed—he took all the air out of a hotly anticipated, nationally televised contest. In the kindest light, it was a savvy move by Popovich designed to keep… » 11/30/12 11:24am 11/30/12 11:24am

David Stern Did Some Play-By-Play Announcing Last Night

David Stern joined the Utah Jazz broadcast team during last night's Jazz-Grizzlies game to talk about the state of the NBA or something else equally boring. The interview wasn't a complete waste of time, though, because it gave Stern the opportunity to test his announcing chops and call some of the game action. » 11/06/12 2:00pm 11/06/12 2:00pm

Tim Duncan Once Paid Brent Barry $100 To Kiss David Stern On The Cheek

From BuzzFeed comes this wonderful story about the night the San Antonio Spurs received their 2004-2005 championship rings. It is the story of how Tim Duncan got Brent Barry to kiss David Stern, as told by Brent Barry: » 11/01/12 1:54pm 11/01/12 1:54pm