Things That NBA Commissioner David Stern Should Call Off

David SternA little mini introduction for this blog: I will be discussing David Stern’s controversial decision to call off the blockbuster three way trade in the first part, and then have a little fun at the NBA commissioner’s expense in the last part. Enjoy.

The Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, as the tragic, tortured character in William Shakespeare’s play, HAMLET, says in his famous soliloquy:

“To be, or not to be–that is the question:.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles”

Now, of course, throughout the soliloquy, Hamlet is trying to decide whether he should commit suicide after hearing about his father’s murder at the hands of his mother’s lover who happens to be not only his uncle, but also the current King. Throughout the play, Hamlet is tortured, as to what to do about avenging his father’s unjust murder, and other matters. He certainly had a hard time making up his mind.

Well, David Stern, who is the NBA Commissioner, is also having a hard time making up his mind. Last week, a blockbuster NBA trade was going to go down. Chris Paul was going from the New Orleans Hornets to the L.A. Lakers. The Houston Rockets were supposed to get Pau Gasol, and New Orleans would get Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom, and Luis Scola, as well as Goran Dragic, and a 2012 first round pick. I am not going to go into depth as the NBA is not my favorite sport. I like it, but it is just OK. Anyway, David Stern got an earful from the small market teams, especially that crybaby , Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavaliers. (Dude, LeBron is still in Miami), and CALLED OFF THE TRADE.

Yes, the NBA owns the Hornets. I get that. However, to stop a trade which I thought was ALLOWED by the new CBA for “basketball reasons,” is so shortsighted. What is going to happen when Chris Paul who I guess (if he doesn’t sue as rumored) leaves after the season? The Hornets then don’t get anything for him! That’s good business, right? To the crybaby small market teams: if you play your cards right, a small market team CAN win. The two teams in the last Super Bowl were Pittsburgh and Green Bay. The St. Louis Cardinals just won the World Series. Small market teams like these teams were smart in free agency, draft well, and are well run franchises that players want to go to.

Besides, who are dopes like Dan Gilbert to say what trades can, or can’t happen? It was fine when he and the other small teams had the stars. He and the other cry babies should run their teams better. I mean, if he thinks that Chris Paul is going to come play for the Mistake by the Lake, he is sadly mistaken.

To David Stern, you want to get in fans’ good graces. You want to make the NBA credible again. Well, make up your mind. The first four lines of the soliloquy definitely apply to you and your situation. I have never seen a decision so derided by the media, and fans. The three teams, and the players involved are crushed as well. Good going, Mr. Stern. How this “helps the Hornets,” I don’t know either.

Well, that is the SERIOUS part of the blog. Here is the lighter part of the blog that I mentioned.

Well, since David Stern evidently has the power to call off things, here are some things that I would like to have him call off. It is a little bit of a list, but Mr. Stern, since you have the power, and are the man of the hour, (Sorry Dusty Rhodes) have at it.


I think I have mentioned in a couple of past blogs, that I am an Episcopalian. I attend church twice a week, and I am very active in my church. However, I have never been inundated by coverage of a football player such as Tim Tebow, an Evangelical Christian. I mean, he is a nice kid. He has gone to monasteries, and has gone to poor places all over the world to help the hungry, and such. I also like him as a PERSON, and a fellow Christian. However, the kid is just not Tom Brady, or Johnny Unitas, or Brett Farve, or any top of the line QB you want to name. He is just not. He IS getting better though. I am tired of the COVERAGE. I am tired of ESPN (especially Skip Bayless), and NFL Network having specials about him. I am just “Tebowed” out. It is like there is nothing else in the world of the NFL except for Tebow. Yes, he is “winning.” However, where is the credit for the running game and the defense? It is not all Tebow. I am just tired of hearing about him, so I just don’t watch ESPN as much. So that is one thing Mr. Stern can cancel. I mean, he can jump start the NBA season a little so we don’t have to hear about “Tebow won this.” “Tebow saved a puppy dog today.” “Tebow helped an old lady across the street.” “Tebow learned the hokey pokey for the first time.”


Here is another thing that David Stern could call off. It seems to me that in the past couple of years, no matter who had the WWE or World Title, it would be John Cena either 1) in the Main Events at PPVs, or 2) in the top angles. I have been watching wrestling for 13 years, and until lately, it was usually always about the Title. I understand Cena is the main guy, and the cash cow, but man…. I mean, really. I mean, how scared is WWE to let someone else in the main events? I mean, Cena has to be in every main event, no matter who has the title? So Mr. Stern, maybe you could somehow allow a trade with Vince, and trade, how about Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert (it’s my blog, and I can trade who I want) for John Cena, so fans can see the most annoying, and holier than thou owner in a “Take a Finisher from everyone on the Roster Match.” where Gilbert would wind up pinned by the Undertaker with Taker’s famed Tombstone Piledriver,and fans will get a treat when Edge comes back, and drills Gilbert with a chair, and we never hear from Gilbert or Cena again as Cena will be Stern’s permanent bodyguard.


Gene Simmons, KISS bassist, and business man wannabe, recently made comments about how it was “inappropriate” for Madonna to be performing at the Superbowl Halftime Show for this season’s Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. He said that Madonna would be performing by singing to tapes, and lip syncing, and called her act “fake.” That is funny coming from Simmons. When KISS played at the Super Bowl in 1999, during the pre-show, THEY were lip syncing to a track of Rock and Roll All Nite.

However, that is not “fake, ” right Gene? Of course, when KISS now goes out on tour with substitutes Eric Singer (subbing for original drummer Peter Criss), and Tommy Thayer (subbing for original guitarist, and guitar legend, Ace Frehley) , they don’t put a sign up saying “Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are playing.” Only the die hards like myself know it is Tommy and Eric (who I love dearly as musicians, and are great guys too). The casual fans just know the makeup.

I am one of those fans that love the original lineup, and to me that is KISS: Gene, Peter, Paul, and Ace, and no one else. So, Mr. Stern…how about you hire Tommy and Eric away (pay off Gene because that boy loves a dollar) to be part of a personal band for you, and pay Gene and Paul to have Ace and Peter back in the band, so we have the real band back together. Come on, Mr. Stern. You can do it. You stopped a “super team” from forming in Los Angeles. You can put one of the greatest bands back together in their original lineup.

Well, that was my blog. I hope you enjoyed it.

Terri Bey currently blogs for about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for Terri can be found here at Facebook- and at Twitter-

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