There are two different sides to the opinion of the writer. A little of each is
Stern's dress code missed one very important thing - tattoos. If he had
included some limitation in tattoos in the beginning, our society would not be
where it is today with the ubiquitous wearing of tattoos. I believe the NBA has
had more influence on the acceptance of tattoos among young people than any
other single group or organization. I can barely watch basketball anymore
because it disgusts me so much.
I don't watch the NBA but I'm guessing there are a lot of people who
do since the league generates billions of dollars in revenue. That suggests to
me that what he did was the opposite of ruining the league.
Stern saved the Jazz...and simultaneously ruined the NBA. What Stern did to the
league was change the fundamental way the sport is played so that today it is
something other than basketball. Star treatment, physicality, you name it:
David Stern condoned all of it and changed pro basketball forever. Go to
youtube and search "Dwayne Wade 7-step travel no call" to see what David
Stern's NBA looks like.
Stern may have been good for the NBA from a business perspective but he totally
changed the sport by making it about star players rather than the game itself.
I suppose it's up for debate whether that is good or bad...
Stern is a thug. I'm glad that he helped the Jazz, but what he did to the
Seattle Sonics when he supported Clay Bennett in moving the team, then making
Bennett the head of the relocation committee and leveraging the need for a team
in Seattle to hold Sacramento hostage and then allow Bennett's committee to
turn down a better offer in Seattle is more the lore of gangters than saviors.
Great story. I had no idea the impact Stern had when it came to the Jazz.
Lee, Great Article. As you stated...Mr. Stern has always been kind to
SLC.....He will be missed. HE IS NO BOWIE KUHN!!!
Great reading, Lee, as always. This is a great bit of Utah sports history that
I'll bet few people knew.
Cool stories! Love to hear some of the behind the scenes stuff. Never knew that
David Stern in a way helped keep the Jazz here.