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Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 8:10 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverdavid-stern-asleep

"Plantation overseer" might be going too far, according to one NBA player, but David Stern does deserve some criticism for how he handles his business as commissioner.

Respected veteran Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell told 790 AM in Miami that, while he didn't agree with television commentator Bryant Gumbel's controversial evokation of slavery, Stern does display some dictatorial tendencies.

Here's Bell's thoughts via SportsRadioInterviews.com
Your thoughts on Bryant Gumbel’s comments on David Stern being a “plantation overseer?”

“[Laughs a few times] Some of what he says in that interview or on his show I think is accurate. I don’t mean the racial part of what he said. I mean [NBA] commissioner Stern in my personal opinion…I feel like he’s a bit in the way of us making progress here. I feel like he might be in his last few years as commissioner and he is looking to make his legacy on what kind of deal he get can get these owners this time around. I feel strongly about that. I feel like he has been one of the biggest problems in this whole lockout. It’s unfortunate we have not been able to get past that, but as far the racial part of what he said; I don’t necessarily touch on that. I don’t know what David Stern’s motives are. I don’t know how he views us as players. I do think he rules the NBA with an ‘iron fist,’ and it is his way or the highway. I don’t necessarily agree with that philosophy, but the rest of it…I don’t know. I don’t know where Bryant is coming from. I don’t know what he was thinking at the time. I am surely not on the same page as him with some of that.”
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver stood up for his boss on Thursday, saying Gumbel's comments were "outrageous."

All things considered, Stern's reputation as a tough-minded executive and fierce negotiator are well-earned. But Thursday may very well have been his "Emperor with no clothes" moment, as a "worn down" Stern stayed home to battle a flu while the ongoing labor talks blew up in his absence. With hard-liners carrying the day and National Basketball Players Association president openly accusing the owners of lying on national television, Stern's fist looked more velvet than iron, at least for 24 hours.

That could be an ominous development for NBA fans. The ball is now clearly in Stern's court. He must act next in determining if and when to cancel further NBA games. Will he cancel two weeks? Will he cancel a month? Will he cancel all the way until Christmas, as he threatened to do last week? And, importantly, will he be able to establish a consensus on a deal-making position among his own owners with the clock ticking?

Those are all difficult questions and they demand a pro-active, tough-minded executive. Stern has rarely failed to fill that role during his multiple decades heading up the NBA. If he opts to put on his iron glove and pound his fist on the table, it could be awhile before we see hoops on the hardwood.
Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

Whenever I hear an athlete or a media personality speak that is not well spoken and has to resort to using cliches or superlatives to get his point across I think of him as an idiot who should not be speaking. If the athlete or media persoanlity wants to sway public opinion to his side then he should not sound like a buffoon. He should be dresed in a suit, remain calm and express his point clearly, concisely and with conviction. Saying that someone "rules with an "iron fist" can actually be a good thing. Mr. Bell needs to clarify what he means. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

He only works for the owners, not the fans.  



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

I agree David Stern rules with an 'Iron Fist,' but I would think a Commissioner would have to right?  People say the same of Roger Goodell sometimes too.  Whether Stern rules with an Iron Fist or not doesn't matter.  Both players and owners both need to come down on their asking prices.  Ultimately the players will lose out in this whole ordeal, because the owners can always pay somebody $1,000,000 instead of $2,000,000 to play basketball.  The players I'm sure realize this too.  What people don't see is that the owners want to play the players UNGUARANTEED money...  Why?  So when dumb owners give players like Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, Michael Olowokani, David Lee, Rudy Gay, Joe Johnson (the list goes on) RIDICULOUS contracts, they want to be able to totally back out of it.  None of the players I've listed have even won a championship.  But players getting less money like are winning championships (Spurs for instance).  If you repeatedly build a sub-par team, you will get sub-par results.  Owners want to make bad decisions, but yet build winning teams while doing so (Minnesota Timberwolves, among others).  I guarantee if the owners keep contract structure the same, make minor changes to the salary cap structure, and give the players 50%, we would be getting ready to watch some NBA basketball soon.    


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Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:52 pm
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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:25 am
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

Attention Raja Bell, LeBron, DWade, DAVID STERN WORKS FOR THE OWNERS AND THE FANS. So you aren't going to like him.  You are going to feel like he is in the way.  He will continue in this role until the owners say otherwise.  The NBA is a league where the players are the EMPLOYEES and the OWners are the BOSSES, MANAGEMENT, comprende'?  I for one, am sick of the players.  They don't get it.  Many fans believe they are both highly (or over) paid, disloyal dopes who have an overinflated idea of their importance on the planet, and who will be on welfare if they can't play basketball.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:43 am
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

I do think he rules the NBA with an ‘iron fist,’ and it is his way or the highway. I don’t necessarily agree with that philosophy,

Respected veteran Utah guard told 790 AM in Miami that, while he didn't agree with television commentator Bryant Gumbel's , Stern does display some dictatorial tendencies.

Does anyone else feel we have a problem? The employees not only want to be paid… they want to be in charge.

Appears the players have a problem with authority figures. Garnett, Bryant and Pierce staring down the people and system that pay them, players sending negotiating teams behind the Union presidents back … now ... to hear this “ from a “respected veteran”
Ben …. can we have the list of the - not - respected veterans… Thanks.

Hmmmm.............
Someone must be in charge and rule. The owners chose David Stern. He is the final vote and the owners agree. They don’t have time for every decision and debate. They have elected Mr. Stern. Contrary to what the players and most of us fans think - the owners are the NBA.

The owners produce the economy that allows you to earn a living and for the rests of us to cheer. They set the infrastructure , deals, rules and contracts that pays your livelihood. Stoudamare has disappeared after a players owned league comment… ha,ha,ha.

I can’t remember the first players owned team……Two different worlds.

These men and women that are fortunate enough to have built wealth are wanting to hire you. They have the right … and duty… to make money… just like the rest of us.

Raja…….I’ve noticed that we no longer see pictures….. of the players as lumberjack and less flattering attire. Did the iron fist come down from the union…..?




Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:49 am
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

I'd rather wach high school ball than these guys. I hope they settle it but at this point I really don't care.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Raja Bell: Blame anyone else but us

Ben, I get that your job is as a catalyst to provoke comment and discussion. But credible in hauling our this?

I mean [NBA] commissioner Stern in my personal opinion…I feel like he’s a bit in the way of us making progress here. I feel like he might be in his last few years as commissioner and he is looking to make his legacy on what kind of deal he get can get these owners this time around. I feel strongly about that. I feel like he has been one of the biggest problems in this whole lockout.
I really am surprised that he did not blame it on Bush! The airwaves and Internet are full of blame by players today. But the owners told the players two years ago that the new CBA had to offer the opportunity for teams to make a profit. Over 48% that cannot happen. Over 34% the profit is meager. The players are spouting and whining today because most fans get it. The players don't get it because they averaged over $5M per year under the old CBA. Now they may have to cut clear back to $4.2M - as Latrell Spreewell once complained, 'this is not enough to feed my family'! We have 20 million unemployed or underemployed in this country. We have added 450 more because they will not work for $4.2M per year. Yeah, of course it is on Stern. Of course it is Stern standing in the way of owners wanting to again lose $3B over 10 years to keep the players happy. Sorry, Bell. This is unemployment until you 'get it'. Any statement from players now is nothing but whining. The lockout is on them. We get it.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

David Stern is paid to represent the interests of the owners.  If the owners want him to be full of bluster and vinegar, he is going to be full of bluster and vinegar.  If Raja Bell was working for the owners and his job was simply to get the best deal for the owners, he would do the same thing.

Exactly. It blows my mind how many people on these boards think Stern does what he wants without the owners approval... that's just insane man.  They were blaming Goodell in the NFL a while back for the same thing.  These commissioners are hired by the owners and are told what to do, what to fight for, etc.  These guys have to stay within certain parameters, the parameters their bosses, the owners set. 



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Raja Bell: David Stern rules with 'iron fist'

David Stern is paid to represent the interests of the owners.  If the owners want him to be full of bluster and vinegar, he is going to be full of bluster and vinegar.  If Raja Bell was working for the owners and his job was simply to get the best deal for the owners, he would do the same thing.  For R Bell to say that David Stern is in the way of making progress while the superstars on the players are throwing the same obstacles on the negotiation path is folly if not outright ignorance.  Neither side should play the woe is me card.  Both sides are greedy and the owners are no saints so both sides need to realize they need each other.  So cancel this season.


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