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On Wednesday June 13, 2012 Jim Rome interviewed NBA Commissioner David Stern and after years of appearances you can tell they have a good report. However on this day David Stern appeared to sound like a guy who did not want to deal with questions or thoughts he deemed as silly.

Rome asked Stern about fans concerns that the lottery was rigged in an attempt to allow Stern to dispel the rumors like he usually does. However, Stern didn’t feel like ‘playing the game’ today and basically accused Rome of trying to get a cheap thrill and asking a foolish question. While Rome may feel the lottery isn’t rigged, he has a right to ask that question if he feels it’s what his wants to hear. Fans rarely if ever get a chance to talk to commissioners and head of leagues so they’re only to get their questions asked is to forward them to Jim Rome and other national media members.

Where the interview went wrong is, when Stern acted as if this was the first time he ever heard of this and those that question the process don’t even deserve recognition. He treated Rome his question and the listeners the same way he treated the players during the lockout. The same, ‘trust me, I know more than you’ attitude that has left the players fighting against they and eventually signing a deal they don’t like for 10 years.

While this will eventually blow over and people will forget about this interview, Stern had a chance to explain to fans the process of the lottery and be transparent. Take fans behind the curtain with his own words. Instead he chose to lob insults at the host and basically taunt the fans and their conspiracy theories.

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No, he can’t answer every theory, but it’s like trying to explain to a teenager perspective, they may not get it at the moment, but when it does hit them they can always say you told them once before.

Below is a copy of the interview for those that haven’t heard it.


The New Orleans have won the NBA lottery and now will more than likely select University of Kentucky’s Anthony Davis with the number 1 pick in the draft.  That pick will come as no surprise. However, the Hornets winning the lottery have made conspiracy theorist raise an eyebrow.

Fans and media alike are saying they doubt the lottery wasn’t rigged for the Hornets considering the league still technically owns the team, even though they’ve come to an agreement to sell the team to New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson. Factor in they just lost All-Star point guard Chris Paul, many are suggesting that’s why they now have the opportunity to draft what many think is a franchise player with the number pick.

The only flaw I find in this argument is, there is no team that had a legit shot to win the lottery that people wouldn’t had said the lottery was fixed for.

If the Charlotte Bobcats had won it, the narrative would’ve been the league was looking out for Michael Jordan. If the Cavs would’ve won it for a second year in a row you would’ve screamed the fix is in. The league is only helping them because they lost LeBron and are pandering to Dan Gilbert. Outside of your favorite team winning there would’ve been some theory concocted on the lottery being fixed.

Now I’ll be the first one to admit there are a lot of coincidences that have occurred home town kids LeBron and Derrick Rose being selected by the Cavs and Bulls, the Spurs selecting Tim Duncan with the number one pick to play him alongside David Robinson at the end of his career. Yes all these scenarios look fishy, buy no one ever screams fixed, or conspiracy when the number one pick becomes a bust or not the superstar you expect from that selection.

Case and point, Greg Oden, Michael Olowokandi, Kwame Brown, Joe Smith did you scream conspiracy when the team that selected them won the lottery, I doubt it.

And you know how many people would have to keep a secret in order for the NBA to pull off such a feat? Too many, and don’t forget, it’s against the law to rig the lottery, so include that nugget of knowledge and be comfortable knowing that nobody from the league wants to go to jail or pay a hefty federal fine that they’re not going to fix the lottery. Include the fact that accounting firm Ernst and Young are down with the process and they have a reputation to uphold that it would make no sense for them to allow anything fisher to going on. I’m pretty sure there’s no amount of money that the NBA could pay them that would make the risk being worth the reward.

So with all this, can we ease up on the conspiracy talk, no more the lottery is fixed, Suge Knight had 2Pac killed and the second shooter in the grassy knoll? No? Ok, one conspiracy theory at a time.

The Decision: 1 Year Later

Enough is enough. And by that I mean the easy pot shots and elbows we throw at LeBron James have been enough. Today marks the one year anniversary of the decision when LeBron went on national TV and dumped his hometown team, dissed his former teammates and didn’t acknowledge his former boss at all. LeBron threw away 7 years equity of love, adoration and protection. What made this feat worse was his complete lack of remorse for Cleveland fans. In a city where for most fans all they’ve experienced is heart ache LeBron not only broke hearts but wiped his shoes on it after walking out the door. But even through all of this LeBron trudged on as if none of this faded him one bit. While they were throwing a pep rally celebrating their arrival in Miami, Cleveland fans were left to pick of the pieces of a broken team now destined for lottery dreams as ESPN depicted two fans burning a jersey and a few shirts like it was the L.A. riots. All year people took shots at LeBron when they could, it was easy, but just because we can do something doesn’t mean we do it. Did LeBron deserve criticism in the way he left? Yes, but to the vitriol and hatred we saw? Probably not. Let’s get this straight, most fans weren’t mad that he left (some were) but were mad in the manner in which he left. He didn’t have to wait so long to make the decision, virtually leaving the Cavs with no other options. This is where the anger comes from. He had Cavs management so attached to his moves that they couldn’t do anything until they knew what his moves were. But, let this day be the day were we all let it go. jbsmooth84.comNot just Cleveland fans, but all fans. I’m not saying you can never criticize LeBron, but to keep ragging on him for ‘The Decision’ is enough. He took a risk, left his hometown area to team up with two other guys to try and win rings. It’s no different than a stock broker taking a chance on an investment, sometimes you hit, and sometimes you miss. This year his team came up short, but it looks like in the end the reward may have been worth the risk. And for those who say his popularity took a hit, his jersey finished number one in sales. For as far as love will take you, there is nothing that turns heads and draws attention like a fender bender and LeBron orchestrated a 15 car pileup during rush hour traffic. And for all the flack LeBron gets for his speaking abilities, lack of tact and level of sensitivity, he and his crew hijacked one of the largest TV networks for an entire hour, and had them talk about him for the entire day, almost abandoning anything else in sports. Raised a couple million dollars for charity and had billionaires come talk to him in his office. Say what you want about LeBron, but he’s got this supply and demand concept down. So let this be the end of the LeBron bashing for no reason, let’s make the decision to let ‘the decision’ rest in peace.

Cavs Making Moves

The Cavs have made a trade sending J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a first round lottery protected draft pick (which means if the Kings pick is in the top 14 the Cavs can’t use it). I love this deal for both teams. The Cavs acquire a player to play on the wing, and he gives them a guy who can shoot and can at least put the ball on the floor and be a threat to create his own shot. The draft pick gives them another asset to have in their pocket. The Kings get Hickson, someone to play with DeMarcus Cousins and give him some competition at the power forward spot. Which I think will be good for Cousins, and Hickson, they both will be in a position where they can lose minutes to one another which should breed competition and should make them both better players. Not often do you see trades that look on paper will make both teams better. But this is one that has seemed to do that.

New Cavalier Omri Casspi will join the Cavs              J.J. Hickson will be moving west to Sacramento

along with a future 1st round pick                                Kings to team up with Tyreke Evans

The NBA had their Draft Lottery today…and I didn’t watch one bit of it. Why, because it means absolutely nothing right now. The NBA Draft is not until June 23rd. So a lottery to determine the order of the draft on May 17th isn’t anything that’s going to cause me to throw some big party with chips and dip. Nonetheless, this is a day for teams that are on the bottom of the basketball totem pole and most are in need of an impact player to turn around their fortunes. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers were the two teams with the highest chances to receive the number one pick. And in a turn of luck the Cavs received the number 1 pick and number 4 pick (pick that belonged to the L.A. Clippers was received by the Cavs in a mid-season trade) which should help them in filling the void the Mr. I’m taking my talents to south beach left. Now I know what this means for the Cavs, however as I listened to talk radio in Cleveland you would’ve thought they won the rights to draft M.J. in his prime. Let’s put this in perspective; yes this is very good for the Cavs, they should get two impact players that in a year or two will catapult them into the playoffs. BUT, the draft is not an exact science. Yes, Kyrie Irving is expected to be very good yet, who really knows. His toe that he injured in college could fall off and then Cleveland fans will then be screaming they’re cursed. Let’s hold your horses until we see who they draft and give them time to develop before you start stitching banners to hang in Quicken Loans Arena. Yes, be excited, although let’s not forget, you still have no center and no consistent scorer, problems that will not completely be solved by Kyrie. So don’t let little ole me put a damper on your celebration. Still all I ask is that you hold off on lighting fireworks and throwing ticker tape. Remember the Cavs won the NBA Draft Lottery, not the Rolling Cash 5 in the Ohio Lottery.

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