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Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:12 pm
LOS ANGELES -- The $25,000 fine levied by Commissioner David Stern against LeBron James for skipping his meeting with the media following Cleveland's loss to Orlando is chump change to James. It's what he spends on shoe laces and bubble gum.

Still, good for Stern. Other players who failed to fulfill their contractual obligations with the media have been fined by the NBA. James shouldn't be held to a different standard just because he's, well, James.

Allowing James to escape unblemished would've sent the wrong message to other players. You guys, the non-stars, can be punished but the superstars are untouchable.

Stern came to realize this after initially not wanting to fine James. But Stern is smart, brilliant actually. He knows letting this pass was a mistake and he corrected himself.

It's what good commissioners do.

Category: NBA
Tags: Lakers

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2009 1:20 am

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Do you honestly think lebron learned his lesson??,if for one second you think that lebron is mad at himself or pissed that he got fined 25 dollars oops i mean 25k that your sadly mistaken.

you want to get the point across fine lebron a couple mill, then you would truly see lebron mad and vowing never to snub the media again. 25k really david stern is a joke, fining any professional athlete 25k rookie, veteran, top player or bench player is not gonna hurt them one bit. any pro athlete would throw this joke of a fine out the window and laugh.

Allowing James to escape unblemished would've sent the wrong message to other players. You guys, the non-stars, can be punished but the superstars are but allowing james to get "tickled" with a dumb and mind rattling low fine is sending the wrong mesage to. "in the nba if u break our rules we will try to give the lowest and cost efficent fined so that you dont lose bank and still enjoy playing in the nba." i always believe david stern makes the dumbest decision in handling business in the nba, and he keeps proving me right. david stern should have pulled a stunt out of lebron book and not "Show up" with this dumb fine.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2009 12:42 am

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Its about time Stern. Freeman even going as far as saying it was a "briliant" move, really? Hell, I would have fine him the following day. It was a no brainer. This is not the first time NBA players skip the press conference and they all got fines for it so to think LeBron "classless" James was going to get away with it was pretty stupid. My question is what took him this long?

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:57 pm

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

WOW. I guess were getting back to little league when your team gets destroyed and players smack hands and say foul things to one another. Who cares. I am a huge Cavs fan but if it waas Kobe Bryant or Dwight Howard or anyother superstar I would not care or less about something as little as media attention for a man that is let down.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2009 11:54 pm

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

Freeman didn't have the balls to show up after the Lakers TOTAL BEATDOWN of the Magic tonight, so I have to post on this thread.  What a damn jerk.  He all but GUARANTEED a sweep by the Magic, and the Lakers simply BLEW the Magic all the back to Florida!  Come on, Freeman, man up and admit you don't know your ASS about basketball.  And his new "man-crush", Dwight (not so super) Howard, was completely dominated by the Laker bigs all night, reduced to a non-factor.  The Laker bigs outplayed the Magic bigs totally: 36 pts and 30 rebs to 16 pts and 23 for the Magic. 

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:32 pm

Fine LeBron? Good for Stern

I just wish this whole LBJ leaving fiasco would end already.

Call me paranoid, but this seems like a conspiracy ploy to get LeBron out of Cleveland and into New York...

*looks around nervously*

'Bron can spend $25,000 dollars on Doritos and not feel a thing. What if the NBA disciplined players in community service time? Now THAT might send a message even the King would listen to.

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