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.