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David Stern’s Power-Hungry Decision Borders on Misconduct

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Written by: Daniel Mulitauopele

Mere hours before the National Basketball Association opened the league to free agency, league commissioner David Stern dropped the hammer and crushed a three team trade that involved the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets.

With point guard Chris Paul acting as the main centerpiece in a deal that moved Lakers big men Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol out of town, many viewed the deal as another heist in the making. Under the guise of parity and league wide competitiveness, NBA owners implored Stern to take action, effectively halting the talks and stripping all agents, players and owners involved of their rightful powers within the league.

It is ironic that on the day that the new CBA agreement was approved and ratified, the tensions that existed between players and owners came to the forefront. The long awaited day of reconciliation has been marred by long held resentments between the league’s two sides, and the idea that NBA owners are at all satisfied with their seat of power is a farce. Many voices on the divide between the players and the owners have stated that the 149-day lockout had very little to do with financial disparity, considering that aspect of the CBA (in other words, the BRI split) was resolved fairly quickly. These recent events have only lent themselves to verify those opinions.

According to Commissioner Stern, the trade was halted for “basketball reasons” at first, and later revealed that he “wasn’t going to let Chris Paul dictate where he wanted to go.” While the issue of player mobility may have been a topic that was open for discussion during the negotiating phases of the lockout, the newly ratified CBA, as far as anyone can tell, did not provide provisions for league intervention in team trades.

Such a move has not been witnessed before in league history, and David Stern’s actions, whether spurred on by league owners or not, have violated a boundary that oversteps his role as NBA commissioner.

The issue lies in entitlement, and the “plantation owner” comments issued by union lawyer Jeffrey Kessler and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel from more than a month ago will undoubtedly resurface. Kessler stated that “instead of treating the players like partners, they’re treating them like plantation workers.” After Thursday’s events, it unquestionably feels that way, whether race is an indirect factor or not.

The NBA has long battled accusations of covert racism, spanning from Donald Sterling’s treatment of his own players to Dan Gilbert’s vicious disavowal of superstar LeBron James. The lockout did no favors to the league’s reputation, and this debacle can only further aggravate player sentiments. Players are the product, and because owners provide the infrastructure to utilize their skills, they deserve a fair cut of the revenue that comes along. This is the nature of business. Still, it seems that while the owners are very aware of the players’ potential as product, many have lost the ability to view their players as people.

Stern’s course of action has no precedent in league history, and as such, may be remembered as white league owners presuming their status and exerting dominance over the league’s predominantly black constituency.

After Stern’s decision Chris Paul stated that he would not attend the Hornets’ first day of practice, although he ultimately did, and all reports indicate that he is furious with the blatant disregard for league structure. Reports on Lamar Odom state that he is enraged as well, and there is no telling of how the players will respond to this gross error by the league.

What was aggravated by a lockout of the players may be concluded by a strike against the owners, and there can be no peace between slaves and masters.

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  • Fernando Ore

    David stern needs to be fired, he has lost all creditability and can not govern fairly or honestly. The fact that he is in the pocket of the east-coast owners shows he needs to be replaced ASAP! Seeing him make a statement full of lies to justify his veto was sad. He has to go!

  • Fernando Ore

    Is there a place on the NBA website we can make our demands he be fired?

  • Isaac

    Well put 100% truth

  • MoodyMe

    I think the slave master roles are inaccurate. I don’t think it has anything to do with race. I think it relates to the Occupy Wall Street movement. These owners are use to being in complete control of everything, where what they say goes, no questions asked. With the NBA, the players have enough power to disrupt the familiar power structure and exert their own demands. The owners are not use to workers having power so try to do anything to strip power away from players and workers.

  • Lakersince72

    Hear! Hear!

  • hailkobe

    they only need a back-up center for bynum..why dey dont get troy murphy or deandre jordan
    …….we do not know how healthy he is ryt now….and a steady point guard that will lead them to play…. we dont need CP3……..if gasol and odom was out….hus gonna be a reliable big man we have?….bynum??…not until he was proven healthy……..all season……:))))

  • hailkobe

    they only need a back-up center for bynum..why dey dont get troy murphy or deandre jordan
    …….we do not know how healthy he is ryt now….and a steady point guard that will lead them to play…. we dont need CP3……..if gasol and odom was out….hus gonna be a reliable big man we have?….bynum??…not until he was proven healthy……..whole season……:))))

  • Erick

    I agree, but dont get the racist part of it. Can we stop making EVERYTHING about race? Lets not forget the big white guy who is one of the biggest parts of the trade.

    • Dventure07

      If you read carefully, I don’t think he stated that race had anything to do with it. I think he was saying that in light of the NBA’s long history with racial accusations, these actions by Stern haven’t helped avoid that image. When Stern and the owners continue to exploit the players, it’s very easy for people to remember those racial divides

  • http://gkb2428@gmail.com Gary Toor

    fuck you david stern i hope you die in your sleep you fucken jackass

  • Jose Cruz

    Please folks demand the ousting of Commissioner Stern Now! Stern we as fans not just of the Lakers but fans of the game are demanding your immediate resignation. You abuse of power and your ability to be the puppet of the NBA owners is not conducive to any member of the NBA be it an owner and more so the players. I feel as a fan you have outdated ideals that do not allow for the rights of the players who wish to play for whomever they wish to play for. Instead you let a cry baby in Dan Gilbert write a letter basically ordering you to veto the trade. Thats being nothing more than a puppet to owners who have losing teams because they themselves are losers. I commend those owners who said who cares what the Lakers have we will still compete and beat them. Those are owners who have faith in their squads. Please do us all the favor and resign immediately.

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