David Stern Quotes.
I’ve never found NBA owners to be deferential. I never considered them to be reliant. All that I do is knock myself out to represent their interests the best way I can and sometimes tell them, as part of my job, what they don’t like to hear.
We have a broad array of teams. And if somebody asked me whether a team is a good buy, my response is, ‘You’d better hurry up, they’re going like hot cakes, and they’re going to be even more valuable when we get a system that is even more sustainable.’
It was the Michael Jordan/Nike phenomenon that really let people see that athletes were OK, and black athletes were OK. Defying a previous wisdom – not only that black athletes wouldn’t sell in white America, but that the NBA as a predominantly black sport could not sell in white America.
All I can say is you don’t know what’s going to be on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper. So I take no joy in what happens to another sport, whether it’s about a perfect game or an issue of conduct.
I regret the 1998 – 99 lockout. I regret that we didn’t work harder to educate our players and our owners about what the damage would be. I never can quite come up with the answer on what else we should have done, but I always blame a part of the problem on us and some part on the players.
Follow your dreams and make the most of every experience.
I’m aware that the World Cup is probably the greatest spectacle in the world of sport, and that’s despite the referees that have been found to have fixed games specifically.
It`s not the NBA Finals, it’s not even a regular-season game. It’s the All-Star game, it’s a celebration. A celebration of talent, speed, grace. Let`s put it on display and have some fun.
We need a system where all of our teams have the opportunity to compete and to make a few dollars. That’s not a bad desire for collective bargaining for a sports league, and it’s great for our fans.
I’m working hard to see whether there can be basketball next year.
We couldn’t get enough Jeremy Lin material in the NBA store fast enough. And when we did, it was just gone in minutes.
I think it’s… I don’t want to become a social crusader on this issue, but I think sports, male sports, has traditionally not been an inviting environment for gay men to identify themselves. But eventually… we will get to a place where it is not an issue in sports.
I’m persuaded that sports is the one place where the rules are pretty well set out, where fans are equal. And if you got game or you’re a good official, you make it here, whether you’re white or you’re black.
I think that players play, and they compete, and it’s not about incentives.
Everyone knows that if you can keep on making money, everyone’s happy.
I grew up in an age where women’s tennis did not have similar prizes to men, and they played in complete obscurity, really, compared to the men’s game.
With every day that goes by, there will be further reductions on what’s left of the season.
Free speech is against governments, not against the NBA. So the players and coaches and indeed owners have been fined for their speech, which is costly rather than free. I sort of acknowledge that there is not free speech when you agree to work in the NBA.
I think anyone who doesn’t say that they’d like people to think that they’re doing the right thing is wrong. I mean, I’d like it to be that way, but I’ve never allowed it to influence my actions.
I believe that everyone should participate in democracy and enjoy doing it.
Our officials want nothing more than to be at the top of their professional game and make the correct call. That’s what they do; that’s their living, that’s their pride, that’s their joy. They don’t achieve that because they happen to be human.
I love my job. I come every day having a ball.
Everyone said that the NBA could not possibly make it because it had too many black players.
I would say the referees have the toughest game to call. I would say that there’s a lot of officiating done by announcers, local announcers. Sometimes you should listen to a game from both feeds, and you’d think you were listening to completely different games.
You walk into the playgrounds in Shanghai and Beijing, and you see youngsters who are shorter, shaking and baking and having attitude. And Jeremy Lin is going to inspire all of them.
I’m not big on looking back beyond the moment in which decisions and events occur. I’m always pushing forward.
I actually don’t hope for a legacy. I think that it impedes your ability to make the hard decisions if you sit around saying, ‘How will this affect my legacy?’
By nature, I’m a person who always says that whatever I’ve done, I could’ve done better. But I don’t dwell on it because I’m waiting for the next time something happens and try to believe that my past experience will have helped to educate me in terms of how I deal with future ones.
Smart drafting is a wonderful thing. A smart free-agent signing is a wonderful thing. Smart trades are a wonderful thing, and that’s a function of management.
I would say the league is viable as long as you have owners who want to continue funding losses. But it’s not on the long term a sustainable business model that we’re happy to be supporting. It needs to be reset.