About Utah: He helped save the NBA, and the Jazz

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  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    There are two different sides to the opinion of the writer. A little of each is true..

  • Lauris Opinion Washington, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    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...

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    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.

  • jazzfanincali Corona, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Great story. I had no idea the impact Stern had when it came to the Jazz.

  • theodoreable Heber City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Lee, Great Article. As you stated...Mr. Stern has always been kind to SLC.....He will be missed. HE IS NO BOWIE KUHN!!!

  • RationalPlease Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 3:27 a.m.

    Great reading, Lee, as always. This is a great bit of Utah sports history that I'll bet few people knew.

  • jzzlvr Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    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.