Well David Stern must be waking up very happy this morning. After making sure the officials screwed the Celtics out of game two in the Eastern Conference Finals only to see them storm back, take a series lead, but still lose in seven to help his TV dollars he got his team in the Finals.
He got his NBA poster boy Lebron James in the Finals. And what happened with his poster boy in the Finals? Well, they won of course.
Forget about teamwork and fundamental basketball. Forget if the best team will actually win it all. Nope, let’s manipulate the officials so Stern gets the match-up he wants. A far cry from the NHL that just had a #8 seed win the entire thing.
Stern has been manipulating things for years. Most recently before the Heat’s trip to the Finals it was the draft lottery that I’d wrote about last week. Here’s him and Jim Rome having it out.
Look you little weasel, we know it was fixed. We know that you absolutely made sure that Lebron would be in the Finals. You made sure your poster boy would be there. More TV ratings for casual fans.
Based on the current commissioners in the four major sports, I want Stern gone first. These jackasses just had a labor stoppage that cost them a third of their season. What was resolved during this lockout? Nothing. The caps are still a mess, you still have stuff that confuses everyone in relation to the cap and free agency, and the have-nots really are going to stay that way for a while.
When you look at how much the NHL was able to due in their last lockout with a HARD cap. It sucked losing hockey, but we got a smart GM in Chiarelli in there and he has managed very well in the hard cap system.
Really, all sports need to have a hockey salary cap. Baseball’s cap is a joke as is their revenue sharing. Basketball’s is too hard for the common folk to figure out. The NFL’s cap seems to be a joke when teams are over and can still bring in guys (cough, Jets). If all teams were handcuffed like NHL teams, you’d never even see a Miami “big three” scenario. The cap wouldn’t allow it.
Bottom line, fire David Stern. Enough of the manipulation. We get it. You can do crazy things. The only thing better is if you just teamed with Vince McMahon of the WWE and started scripting your events together.