So David Stern was a guest on the Jim Rome Show and while things started off easy, you could tell that there was an awkward tension between them. It was as if an argument could happen at any moment. Here’s the link to the beginning of the topic of this post. Here’s the link to the entire interview.
So basically, Rome asked a very honest question: Was the draft lottery fixed? Stern said two things: No. And shame on you for asking. Stern went on to say that the question was ridiculous and stuff like that.
Stern decided to go in what seemed to be a retaliation to being asked an unfair or ridiculous. That said, he asked Rome “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” To be clear, he wasn’t saying that Jim was beating his wife. Again, he was just retaliating what he considered a ridiculous question with another.
Was that right on Stern’s part? I’d say no. Stern and Jim started off the interview sort of talking about their not so smooth relationship. And maybe that set the tone for the eventual blow-up? I’m with Jim that it was a fair question. Jim mentioned how the NBA did own the Hornets, and I mentioned that perhaps included in the deal was that the pick was given to the Hornets for the new owners. Stern shot that down with the fact that the sale was already finalized and there was no reason to fix the lottery.
All in all, Stern wasn’t wrong, but he wasn’t right either for asking the question. He was trying to do the right thing, but in the wrong way. But, the fact that he went that far to defend himself shows he either has a guilty mind, or he’s just tired. Tired of everybody pointing out conspiracy after conspiracy. I can see where Stern is coming from but he probably shouldn’t have gone that far.