- Jun 24, 2007
Stern gets an earful at press conference
If NBA Commissioner David Stern thought Phoenix had a short memory, he thought wrong.
Stern's press conference at US Airways Center that followed the announcement of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game coming here was tense and at times almost uncomfortable. By the end, when someone mentioned "this joyous day" in Phoenix, Stern said,"You could have fooled me."
Hey, we still had questions. The first two came from Channel 15's Craig Fouhy and Channel 10's Jude LaCava. Both asked pointed, stern questions about why the commissioner took a tougher stand with Amar Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for leaving the bench area after a brief altercation in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals than he did with with his own officials, whom he recently acknowledged have all violated the contractual prohibition against engaging in gambling.
Stern said it was because the language related to gambling in the NBA bylaws are not specific, unlike the language for leaving the bench.
Stern knew he would be grilled, but I doubt he expected this much. By the end, before a reporter asked a question, he smiled and said, "Are you friend or foe?"
Another interested tidbit: Security was definitely heightened. Two policemen were posted outside the entrance to the press conference and security guards repeatedly checked to make sure the doors were lockedQuote:
Another interested tidbit
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