This entire article is ether. Woj unleashes hell on Stern and reminds us why Stern’s retirement date couldn’t come fast enough.
Here’s a few hard-hitting lines from the article:
And yet, once more, Stern’s tossed a temper tantrum that left everyone around him embarrassed, humiliated and wondering why he insisted on staying until February of 2014. All these years, Stern and his underlings privately complained and moaned that no one wanted to watch the Spurs, that they destroyed his TV ratings, that they were uninteresting, unappealing and impossible to market to the masses.
And now, this act of condemnation for Popovich would be bathed in the ultimate of twisted irony: Without the Spurs’ stars, Stern was selling that the NBA logo had been desecrated, that a public trust had been betrayed.
More on Stern’s inability to capitalize on the Spurs championships with a roster of unprecedented international Superstars:
For all of his so-called marketing genius, Stern could never sell the global appeal of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. They brought the NBA to the corners of the world, glamorized basketball over soccer, and somehow it was Popovich’s failure that Stern couldn’t market this to people. The NBA failed the Spurs, far more than the Spurs ever failed the NBA.
And on Stern’s inability to let things play out and him jumping on a chance to embarrass the Spurs:
Against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, against Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, what the Spurs did in a 105-100 wasn’t an embarrassment to the NBA, but a celebration of it. This is how a franchise ought to be run, how winning is foremost importance. Popovich empowered his bench to hang with the defending champion Heat, and gave his group even greater confidence and belief for when they’re called upon again. What happened was one of the most compelling Spurs’ regular-season games, and easily the most mesmerizing game of this season.
This was a testament to the Spurs’ great scouting and player development, the great coaching and discipline. This was the ultimate testament to the Spurs’ way, and it didn’t repulse the paying public – it inspired them.
When David Stern issued that belligerent, foreboding statement before tipoff, it was clear he believed the Spurs would get blown out and make his case for him. He never imagined San Antonio would hold the lead into the final minute.
Stern could’ve waited until Friday, delivered his substantial sanctions – a naval blockade on the Riverwalk, a ban on Napa Valley imports for Popovich, whatever – but he couldn’t help himself. He wanted to embarrass Popovich throughout that national TV game, and wouldn’t you know it: Popovich embarrassed Stern because the Spurs coach has a complete understanding of his realm, his team, his players, in a way that Stern has lost touch with that with which he lords over.
Read the entire article, it’s a goldmine of information and a complete character assassination of the much-deserving NBA Overlord, David Stern.