The NBA is on track for a wrecked season. So, it’s time to revoke the free pass the owners and league executives have been enjoying for the past two decades.
If asinine comments by cerebral giants like Patrick Ewing (We might make a lot of money but, we also spend a lot of money) are pilloried and pounded in the press ad nauseum, then it is time to give the same treatment to asinine comments uttered by reputed cerebral giants like David Stern and Adam Silver (we want guaranteed profits for every team in the NBA).
This position, which sits at the center and circumference of this labor dispute, is not getting the press it deserves, nor is it being used enough as an indicator of the level of sanity with which the NBA owners and brain trust is currently functioning. Their unreasonable guaranteed profit demand flies in the face of the capitalistic principles that undergird a free society and enabled their wealth in the first place; and makes you wonder whether Stern really is a feudal lord in pinstripes. He has ruled every other aspect of the NBA with a dictatorial fist, and now seeks to extend his reach to the pockets of the players and the fans.
Nothing short of capitulation by the players and their union will derail this train hurtling along a straight track toward a lost season, which left the NBA Headquarters depot several seasons ago. Stern and the owners are in complete control, and deserve an academy award for pretending to be victims of circumstances beyond their control.
Indeed these are circumstances orchestrated by a masterful conductor who is accustomed to getting what he wants. No matter what the cost to others.