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David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 5:31 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

Billionaires and millions holding the sport of basketball hostage. Yes, it's enough to make you ill.

It's enough to make NBA commissioner David Stern sick too, apparently.

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver met with reports in New York City on Thursday to inform them that Stern is sick with the flu and was not able to attend an NBA Board of Governors meeting and will likely not be able to attend Thursday afternoon labor negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association either.

"I'm sure David's flu was not helped, his symptoms were not helped by the fact that we had several late nights this week," Silver said. "It's been a long week for anybody, but particularly with our Board of Governors meetings and the negotiations, I think he just got a little bit worn down. He's still very active in this process and I'm sure he will be addressing our committe by conference call."

Silver said he and Stern remain in constant contact. 

"He's still actively working at home, my Blackberry is buzzing on my waist as I sit here," Silver said. "Most likely [he] will not be here at the bargaining session this afternoon. But, like I said, we will be fully engaged in the committee, led by Peter Holt. He will be an active participant even though he will not be there in person."

Reports surfaced on Wednesday evening that some progress had finally been in the labor negotiations during the 24 hours of negotiations that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Here's video of Silver's remarks.


Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:16 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

This is what it boils down to for you not so smart fans.  Who do we spend so much money on to see:  The Players

Who do we very rarely see: The owners

Who brings on all the revenue via games, sports gear, gaming and enterprise:  The Players

Who sits in a luxury press box, doing nothing but drinking, eating and smoking:  The owners

Who puts their life on the line, sweat, hussle, work our all their life and interact with fans, life under a microscope for blowing their nose, media made for them and all:  The Players

Who should really be getting paid:  The players

Who is really greedy here and should be happy they get anything for sitting on their ass:  The owners

The owners are the sole reaosn for the lock out and I think the players are ready to sit this one out  or they would have caved in already.  They know their market value and shouldn't bulge on 57%  I think it should be 60% if not more.  The owners don't do jack but handle revenue.  They probably can't walk and chew gum at the same time. 

I persoanlly wish the season woud fold and he entire NBA fold so the players can really understand their thrue market vaue and create their own league overseas.  NAB players are a unique athlete because of the skill it takes to play he game.  They can easily be rich playing overseas and when the olympics come, come over here and eat America's team up for chop liver.  Oh, we want have a team.  lolo!

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:13 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

Just kidding with my previous post!

Seriously, he's probably, uh, sick of all the nasty things people have been saying about him. (Well, maybe I'm not serious about that, either. But perhaps he really didn't want to continue to be the focus of attention for a day or two.)

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:12 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

Massa not feelin' well?

Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:28 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

excellent post, one of the best i have read...

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:56 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

+1 , well spoken.

NBA players are easily the greediest of professional sports prima donnas, and a season off would do well to remind them of how replaceable they are. 

Go ahead, Amare Stoudamire- I dare you.  Start your own league, and let's see you get 93% of your present, bloated salary.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:30 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

When this all started I was hoping and praying that they get a deal done but after all the ego clashing I'm actually "SICK" myself, sick and tired of both sides crying over who gets the bigger share of revenue, what ever happened to playing the game because of your love for the game, now it's all about the $$$$, this player thinks he's worth this amount and this player thinks he's the best in the league so he should get more money, basketball is a team sport but today's players don't see it that way, it's all about individual stats and the owners..don't get me started on them, unfortunately we the fans who actually love the game has to suffer because of some "OVER PAID" athletes and "GREEDY" owners, hopefully basketball (NBA) will get back to being a game and not a circus.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:32 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

The NBA is on the verge of falling as far behind in the public's mind as the NHL did...and that's probably not a bad thing.  Skip the entire season.  Crawl back to financial solvency and respectability as the NHL as done.  The cash cow days are's amazing how drunk with money the biggest stars have become - aided and abetted by the owners who are equally to blame.  Sadly, they picked the worse economic time in generations to dicker about how many millions they should each make...people just do not care.  Go play in China or Europe for a year or two.  Another generation of stars will replace them before too long and that, too, is not a bad thing.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:27 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

Stern is the idiot ?

He's the commissioner of a league comprised of a group of billionaire owners that suddenly woke up from the equivilent of a drunken, 
5 year player auction that cost them $2.2 billion in player salaries last year, and realized the hangover cost them a $300 million loss... AND a players union with a membership with an average IQ of 100, that believe they deserve to be uninvested, majority revenue business
partners, AND be guaranteed salary increases indefinately regardless of thier performance, if their employers make money or not.

It's an impossible job.

Stern's job has been to keep a hot dog stand franchise afloat where he's been forced to sell hot dogs worth $5 for $25 and pay the help $30 to serve them. Owners aren't happy because they're losing money, and players aren't happy because...they are the best hot dog servers in the world, and even though they are aready overpaid....well, they're used to people always giving them more because they always have, and they won't go to work until they get what they want...again.

The owners, have finally sobered up. Now, all they have to do is educate the NBA players. Good luck with that. 

I'd be sick, too.      


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:21 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

OH!! David Stern is not coming in today this shows you just how concerned he is about the Players and all the people it takes to run the NBA. Ticket takers, cleanup crews, Vendors and so forth. If this man really wanted to he could have stopped this circus act a long time ago. Stern in his position should be concerned for both players and owners alike but we all know this is not the case. JUST SHUT IT DOWN.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:47 pm

David Stern calls in sick to NBA meetings

Bryant Gumbel just reported that David Stern has the Black Plague. 

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