It doesn’t take much to get under the skin of David Stern. The surly commissioner of the NBA is always stewing on something whenever he opens himself up for a public interview. These days, if you want to get the commish going, all it takes is cracking open the can of Dennis Rodmans that is the league’s ownership of the New Orleans Hornets.
This season began under a cloud of controversy for Stern and his Hornets when a blockbuster trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the only true professional hoops franchise in Los Angeles was nixed. That started a wave of negative press as conspiracy theorists everywhere starting playing the corruption card.
But you know that couldn’t be the only bit of controversy surrounding a team owned and operated by the league it plays in. The recent NBA Draft lottery provided yet another fresh batch of material to appear in Mel Gibson’s newsletter as those same Hornets won the hoops lotto by beating out the statistically worst team in the history of pro sports.
All along Stern has scoffed at the idea that his office is pulling strings from on-high to help keep the failing Hornets franchise afloat. Today Stern finally reached his boiling point. During an interview with Jim Rome, Stern lashed out at the king of the clones when he asked the commissioner if the draft lottery was “fixed.”
How did Stern reply? By asking Rome if he “has stopped beating his wife?”
Take a listen.