David Stern's decisions
One would be hard pressed to find a large group of fans and experts who do not believe that David Stern is the worst pro sports commissioner in North America. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has certainly questioned many of Stern's decisions through the years. Take a look back at the five worst decisions made by NBA Commissioner David Stern.
5. Compressed 2012 NBA schedule
One of Stern's more recent bad decisions was stuffing a 66-game schedule into the lockout-shortened 2012 NBA season. Stern's decision has forced NBA teams to sometimes play three straight games. Injuries are up and Mark Cuban believes this has even worn down the NBA referees. For voicing his concerns, Stern fined Cuban $75,000.
4. Expanding first round of NBA Playoffs to a best-of-seven
Another example of Stern's greed was his decision to expand the first round of the NBA Playoffs to a best-of-seven. Of course, the extra game or two would bring in extra ad revenue and ticket sales. However, the best-of-seven scenario makes upsets less likely. And Stern would never make a decision that might actually help a small market NBA team.
3. New balls
If not for Stern's bad decisions late in 2011, his decision to change the NBA balls would still rank as his all-time worst. In 2006, the NBA changed its balls from leather to synthetic material. The worst thing about this decision is that Stern never consulted the people who actually bounce the balls. To his credit, Stern eventually reversed this decision.
2. Nixing Chris Paul trade to Los Angeles Lakers
When I want to know what's going on in corporate America, I believe the media over the CEO spin doctors. I am a New Orleans Hornets fan and I will never believe that Stern's decision to veto the Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Lakers was done in the Hornets best interests. Regardless, Stern's decision has been a disaster for the Bees.
1. No real change following 2011 lockout
I thought the 2011 NBA lockout could have been a real opportunity for change in the current structure of the NBA. Small market teams are floundering and ratings are high only when a select few NBA teams are featured. Now that the lockout is over, nothing has changed. Stern's decision to maintain the status quo in the NBA is his worst decision to date.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
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Brian Mahoney, "Study: New NBA ball performs differently," usatoday.com
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