Stern claims he knows where “the bodies are buried” in the NBA
Old 03-21-2011, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Players union director Billy Hunter doesn't think NBA commissioner David Stern has the sway with owners that he once did.

Yes, Hunter had been thinking long and hard, losing sleep over the possibility of declaring an uprising of his own. He dropped dramatic, long pauses and left everyone – including Stern, who had started barking into the ear of his deputy, Adam Silver – thinking that Hunter had come to advocate the players make some kind of bold stand themselves in Los Angeles. In the end, Hunter stopped short, insisting the All-Stars had an obligation to play the game, but the message to the players was unmistakable: Hunter wouldn’t back down to Stern, and maybe even had the ability to rattle him, the way the commissioner and owners had been trying to unnerve the players.

So livid, Stern would barely even look at Hunter when Hunter handed him the microphone. And soon, Stern started reciting his résumé, his decades of labor fights and legal battles in the NBA. Here’s how much the NBA was worth and here’s where I’ve brought it, he said. Everyone could see the anger rising within him, but no one expected the words that tumbled out of his mouth.

Stern told the room he knows where “the bodies are buried” in the NBA, witnesses recounted, because he had buried some of them himself.
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This year, Hunter said he told Stern this story: “I don’t know where you were raised, but I lived with rats. I used to kill rats. We had a .22 rifle and we would lay in the kitchen and shoot them on the floor. One thing my grandmother taught me was that if you got a rat trapped, you’ve got to give his *** a way out, because he will fight you if he has to.

“If you don’t give us a way out, a chance for a compromise, you’re going to get a fight.”

After the players watched David Stern drop the line about bodies buried in the NBA and march out of that Staples Center locker room, his entourage of suits and yes-men falling into formation behind him, they smiled and nodded, thrilled that Billy Hunter had thrown him off balance. The NBA’s players needed to see it in February and they’ll need to see it again and again. The fight’s on.
NBA players’ union leader takes bold stand - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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David Stern can bury his own damn body for all I care. I'm sick of him. He's turning the NBA into the WWE.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the players will lose.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ya, and the players are greedy.

should be a nice long pissing match.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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negotiating tactics are one thing, but what hunter is doing is alarmingly short-sighted. stern's response might have been harsh, but hunter is proposing a slow death for at least the quality of games in the nba, if not the nba itself. the greed of nba players is only slightly less than that of nfl owners. the lot of them make me sick.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hunter has done nothing but roll over for Stern in the past. It's just sad that both sides can't sit down and work to improve and stabilize the game for the long run. The players do want to win as well as get paid, and the owners are going to get a better shot at marketing their teams with a league that offers a good chance at winning from year to year. I'm not all that confident in the strong-arm tactics of either side leading to solid solutions.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It will take some convincing rhetoric for me to side with the players - not that it matters either way. While the owners are far from sympathetic figures in their own right, I just want to see more of a level playing field.
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Also, I wonder if Stern dresses up as a clown in his spare time.

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What does he mean by "bodies are buried"?
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What does he mean by "bodies are buried"?
I think he is trying to say that he has all of the inner secrets of the stars in the NBA.
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burrying bodies and shooting rats. I like where this is headed. nice.
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Between this and the NFL's problems, the NHL has to be licking its chops right about now.
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David Stern can bury his own damn body for all I care. I'm sick of him. He's turning the NBA into the WWE.
Amen brother. Get rid of Stern and go back to the same style of play and grittiness of the 80s & and mid-90s.
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Amen brother. Get rid of Stern and go back to the same style of play and grittiness of the 80s & and mid-90s.
you mean the 80's and 90's that were under stern's watch?
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Between this and the NFL's problems, the NHL has to be licking its chops right about now.
david stern would at least have the balls to take the necessary steps towards extinguishing headshots
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burrying bodies and shooting rats. I like where this is headed. nice.
lmfao.. JUUUUSSSTTT what I was thinking, man.. lol
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i really hope that hunter isn't taking demaurice smith and the union's lead with negotiations on their new cba. they're just making asses of themselves and making it embarrassing to be a fan of the nfl these days.
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you mean the 80's and 90's that were under stern's watch?
Haha I've read a bunch of comments with people saying they wish Stern would leave so they could get back to 80s and 90s basketball. Ironic much.
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