David Stern's 30-year tenure as NBA commissioner wasn't flawless. Here are five of his more forgettable moments or ideas.
After decades of leather-covered basketballs, Stern announced the NBA would use new microfiber-composite-covered game balls for the 2006-07 season. They allegedly had better grip and a "truer bounce," and wouldn't need to be broken in. Just one problem: Players hated them.
They were difficult to control, players said, and they cut your hands. A study also found the new balls bounced more erratically and absorbed more moisture.
Stern said Spalding worked on the balls for 14 years. They lasted barely a month.
On Dec. 1, 2006, the players’ union filed unfair labor practice charges against the league for making the switch without consulting players. Ten days later, the NBA said the leather ball would return on Jan. 1, 2007, an in-season change unprecedented in major American sports. Player outcry and negative public sentiment had spurred Stern to reverse course, a rare case of concerted opposition impacting the often-dictatorial commish.
– Dan Devine
jeff: I used to live in San Fernando Valley, Calif., I went back several years later and it has been taken over by the Mexican population. All the white people have left in droves, which of course includes the liberal democrats. At this point it is hard to address without accusations of racism. I actually knew someone who was transporting illegals from somewhere near the border to wherever he was dropping them off further north. He loaded them in his cargo van and got paid so much per body. There families or friends take them in and they will have multiple families per household for a time. It is not the point to blame them, politicians just never addressed the issue much. Now with the issue harder to solve the political divide even becomes greater. Due to Obama's stand and now also Hillary's it has become a liberal stand to actually oppose any real solution when it is now difficult enough. Even for Mexicans in this country legally I bet many have sentiments against addressing the issue as it seems personal. For whites, blacks, Hispanics, etc., it would be nice if we could consider whats good for the country, which in turn will be best for all individuals.When liberals use race-baiting tactics they are playing their constituents against the more conservative and we play right into their hands. Using political correctness to control the masses is proving itself to work in various degrees and is counter-productive.