How David Stern started the race in the N.B.A.



But if it was vital for an influential company to advance social and racial progress, protect its widespread marketability, and propagate the cake, no matter how it was finally sliced, it was always the mission for Stern to come first was standing.

"One-nothing," said Stern when asked if there had been a hierarchical vote on the need to go nuclear, especially Artest, now known as Metta World Peace, which has been banned for more than 70 games.

While Stern rarely hid from debates or debacles, the trial lawyer in him was occasionally hidden by the autocrat. Looking back on his controversial veto of New Orleans against Chris Paul against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, Stern 2016 admitted that he should have better explained his responsibility to make the best possible offer after the league temporarily suspended the franchise during the year had been looking for a buyer.

There would be more behavioral disorders caused by players, owners, and even a referee, Tim Donaghy, who was prosecuted in 2007 for betting on games he was working on. The fires in the employment service would come close to the seasonal cancellations. Stern's reactions – the 2005 dress code he campaigned for – were criticized for going beyond the reaction to the same part of society he had denounced for speaking in racial code or opposing Cornrows.

During a painful and costly lockout in the 2011 season, HBO's Bryant Gumbel went so far as to call Stern “a kind of modern plantation guard” worked harder for inclusiveness and diversity than he could ever understand. When I heard what he was saying, I sat back and waited for the emails from people who knew me and worked with me. "

He named one, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and reminded me of Dr. Harry Edwards, the civil rights activist, had praised him after the Pacers fans' brawl as “an honest broker of the product who, at the end of the day, respects the men who play in his league and the community they come from. "

Gumbel's indictment was not well received, but Stern, a lifelong democrat who described President Obama's election as "deeply transforming," believed that his honest brokerage reputation did not necessarily resonate with a younger, less committed generation.