Stern Visit From The Commissioner



INDIANAPOLIS
— Commissioner David Stern was in a foul mood after weather issues delayed his visit to Game 2 of the Pacers-Magic series. And then someone asked him about Derrick Rose and the insinuation that the lockout-shortened season somehow was to blame.

Let’s just say the commissioner’s day didn’t get any brighter.

“What we’re trying to do is get facts and so we asked doctors. Derrick Rose actually missed 27 games. But far be it for me to ask (the basketball pundits) to have some facts to support anything. It’s really shocking to me. I searched (ESPN’s NBA show) for a fact. All we got were opinions.

“I think we’ve averaged about five ACLs a year. Over this past weekend we had two. We’re not looking to average it out, believe me. Facts would be good, though. Information will free you. And I wish our broadcasters would use it.”

Stern is sensitive about any link between injuries and a season that has had teams play three games in three nights. When potential playoff teams rested starters the final two weeks of the season, the league didn’t frown upon it, as it normally would. Also, Stern’s league isn’t better off without Rose or any other star. The league thrives mainly because of those players.

“We care deeply about the health of our players,” Stern said.

6 Comments

  1. Peter M. Arel says:

    FANS WHO FIND FAULT WITH COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN SHOULD REALIZE THAT THEY ARE POWERLESS
    TO BRING ABOUT HIS DISMISSAL, WHICH SHOULD COME FROM THE OWNERS! THEY CAN, HOWEVER, BOYCOTT
    THE NBA IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL UNTIL THEIR BOYCOTT CAUSES A SHAKEUP
    IN THE NBA!

  2. pat says:

    i think the injury related to Drose is that he doesnt think much about his injury. why would he still drive to the basket even though he is injuried. he should atleast take jump shots and avoid driving to the basket. clearly what happen he drive and the inujuried knee became worse and caused him the playoff. this will be his lesson injuries cant be underestimate.

  3. Rose injury is apart of sports and barkley put it best when you have a injury and you can’t work out and strength your body and you go out and try to play through it and your not in condition your going to hurt more parts of the body, rose is going to be fine hes young they have medicine and rehab therapy and the best doctors, and rose is a compettior and has a lot of will and will be more hungry to come back and prove he is a mvp player agian,

  4. BIGV says:

    All about how much they strapped his ankle if they over strapped it no where else to twist or bend except the knee as all the pressure would be going there.

  5. Ace says:

    55-60 games after the lockout would have been better. 66 seemed greedy to me at the time and is perhaps starting to look negligent now. But the league was chasing $$$ as usual. Admittedly there is no evidence to link Rose and Shumpert’s injuries to the condensed schedule, but when teams rest their stars leading into the Playoffs and the league doesn’t object, that indicates a general feeling across the teams and the league that 66 games was too many given the timeframe.

  6. jca says:

    i tell you. it’s the shoes. with the way derrick plays, his shoes just isn’t made for his style of play