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Lakers, Phil Jackson fined $75,000 each for his discussion of collective-bargaining agreement

Lj9opjnc The NBA fined the Lakers and Coach Phil Jackson $75,000 each for comments he made last week about the possibility of an NBA lockout next season, league spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday.

Team officials are forbidden from publicly discussing the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league.

"Who knows what the NBA's going to look like after this year?" Jackson told a small group of reporters last Thursday. "I think there’s some people pretty convinced there's not going to be a year next year."

Jackson has been fined several times throughout his coaching career, often because he speaks his mind.

The collective-bargaining agreement expires June 30. Little, if any, progress has been made toward a resolution at this point.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena April 6, 2011. Credit: Kyle Terada / US Presswire

 
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To paraphrase my Singaporean friends (Singapore is a FINE city), the NBA is a FINE organization, headed by a FINE Commisioner.

WTH, look like we paid for the gold ball this year.

PJ (s' mouth) seems to be ready for the playoffs..he may get some more before he is done...Could PJ be the most fined NBA coach ever??? Perhaps.

There were some reports that Rambis may be out next season. Then, could he be one of the candidates as PJ's succesor or even may be hired as an assistant coach?

After last night's game, I have to say this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuqHlv1YPe0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

That was a one-hit wonder, but the REAL SEASON IS UPON US and WE'RE HEADED FOR ANOTHER 3-PEAT WONDER!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..." [Drew, this one goes out to you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgSMxY6asoE&feature=youtube_gdata_player ]

Uh, that's fine-worthy? I thought that was common knowledge. That's not "publicly discussing the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league." It's a general comment. He didn't get into any specifics whatsoever, such as what President Derek Fisher may have said to him.

So what happens if he refuses to pay the fine? David Stern is really starting to scare me. I'm sorry if Phil and Kobe have somehow ruined his grand plans. It's not their fault that LeBron hasn't won a championship or that people are sick of the Lakers winning all the time.

Maybe Stern's still upset about us beating the Celtics last year and still mad about Kobe winning back-to-back Finals MVP awards. Maybe he's sick of Phil hogging the majority of the rings over the past 20 years while most other NBA head coaches are mired in mediocrity. Maybe he's tired that the Lakers have hi-jacked his league during a time when there has never been more young, fresh talent. Maybe he's simply just not playing with a full deck anymore. Maybe he should quit bullying people. Maybe he should just step aside.

pj should say "ask me after the playoffs". any reporter asking these questions need to realize that they are putting the players and coaches at risk.my guess is they don't care any way, they want a story afterall.


I absolutely love how the purpose of these fines is to say "you can't say that," but the outcome of the fine is that every news outlet ends up reprinting the fine-able statement so that it gets more coverage than it would have without the fine.

Weatherman,

What an excellent point!

Could that be a reason Phil says those things?
It's not like that kind of fine is going to really make any difference to him financially. That's just walking around money.

Since it is the tax season, are NBA fines tax deductible? 8-)

"Uh, that's fine-worthy? I thought that was common knowledge. That's not "publicly discussing the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league." It's a general comment. He didn't get into any specifics whatsoever, such as what President Derek Fisher may have said to him.

So what happens if he refuses to pay the fine? David Stern is really starting to scare me. I'm sorry if Phil and Kobe have somehow ruined his grand plans. It's not their fault that LeBron hasn't won a championship or that people are sick of the Lakers winning all the time.

Maybe Stern's still upset about us beating the Celtics last year and still mad about Kobe winning back-to-back Finals MVP awards. Maybe he's sick of Phil hogging the majority of the rings over the past 20 years while most other NBA head coaches are mired in mediocrity. Maybe he's tired that the Lakers have hi-jacked his league during a time when there has never been more young, fresh talent. Maybe he's simply just not playing with a full deck anymore. Maybe he should quit bullying people. Maybe he should just step aside.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM "

He actually said more about it, this article just has one of the quotes. It still wasn't anything that bad but I know the players/coaches weren't supposed to address the issue at all and it looks like he's using Phil as an example for everyone else.

This still does nothing to affect the competitive balance of the league. A 75,000 fine is nothing more than an annoyance to Phil. It doesn't hurt the Lakers chances of winning or give more power to the Celtics or Heat.

The NBA has not prided itself on parity. It really has been the same teams winning over and over again and it has been very profitable that way. If Stern was really pulling strings to knock the Lakers off the top and install another team in its place, it would cost him a lot of money. The Lakers have the most fans and guarantee the most ratings. From a business standpoint, it wouldn't make any sense for him to do that.

It's probably best for the conspiracy theories to be left elsewhere because most people think Stern's plans are to steer the Lakers towards the championship, not away from it. Acknowledging that Stern is pulling strings to make things go a certain way argues in favor of that theory, even if you're trying to argue the opposite.


@FATTY ... It sure is a bitch getting old. Half the things I love to eat I can no longer eat and half the places where I loved to eat are now closed. LOL. You’re not the only blogger having to watch their blood pressure during games. Nuggets Country has been hit with the same restriction.
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@JON K ... It’s fine to call yourself the “n” word if you are an African American or the “f” word if you’re gay but it’s definitely not fine for a straight white male to do either. The 1200 pound elephant in this room is also the widespread anti-gay feelings prevalent among many African-Americans.
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Frankly, I for one think this is not a frivolous issue that shouldn’t be discussed or addressed. Some of the finest moments of this blog have come when basketball issues somehow led to more productive discussions about issues far more important than anything related merely to the game of basketball.
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@TIMOTHY BEAUCHAMP ... Thanks for your post. I agree 100% that this is an important issue that needs to come to the forefront, especially in a league dominated by African American athletes who may have grown up in an environment that may have been very outspoken and negative about gays.
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I was a little perplexed about your calling out Andrew Bynum as I have not heard any comments by him about Kobe’s anti-gay epithets. You may have seen a blogger posting under the handle Andrew Bynum and perhaps that’s what led to your comments. If I’m wrong and Drew did make a comment about the situation that was not acceptable, I would appreciate your letting me know what he said.
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Anyway, I thank you for your service to our country and apologize for the dishonor and disgrace by the government in discharging you because of your sexual orientation. Like all discrimination and prejudice, it will take time and hard work by many to reach the point where this does not happen and is not trivialized when it does happen. Best of the world to you.
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@MCLYNE ... LOL. We’ll see how good we really are at prognosticating once the results start to come in. Frankly, my heart wanted to predict a 16-game sweep so I just threw in a few losses to keep the Pollyanna critics off my back. Bottom line, like KG said, it’s the NBA and anything is possible, including a 16-0 playoff run by the Lakers. OK, just wanted to make sure my glass wasn’t half empty.
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@CORNER J ... We will have to agree to disagree on the Bulls. I love Derrick Rose but the Bulls remind me too much of the Cavs. A great superstar on a team without really a second star. Success in the playoffs usually requires a lot more experience than this Bulls team has in my opinion. I think both the Celtics and the Heat will fare better than the Bulls in the playoffs.
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TOM

I can totally appreciate a coach who isn't afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to the league, over the course of the season.
Can't wait to hear what zingers Phil will be unleashing this postseason!

I, personally, am waiting for the retirement book.

Then Phil & Kobe will tell all of the bogus crap that really
happened.

They can't release a DVD w/ all of the fouls. The NBA actually owns the
rights. They could put it on youtube.

Kobe - the foul archives -

game 23 of 82. 5:02 into the first quarter against team blah. Camera angle
6 shows the blatant elbow by player X w/ ref. Y watching. Ref Y responds
to Kobe w/ shutup and keep playing b*ch.

No reprimand is given to the ref nor is Kobe compensated.

Eliot Teaford flaunts the popular topic of the day by using 'Bi Polar' as a pejorative. Catherine Zeta Jones is comes out as bi polar. We win.

It's probably best for the conspiracy theories to be left elsewhere because most people think Stern's plans are to steer the Lakers towards the championship, not away from it. Acknowledging that Stern is pulling strings to make things go a certain way argues in favor of that theory, even if you're trying to argue the opposite.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 14, 2011 at 01:30 PM
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That's one way of looking at it. Admittedly, I focus on his actions toward the Lakers, Phil and Kobe, in particular, and scratch my head. Since Colorado, Kobe's has received "special treatment" in a very negative way from my observations. There seems to be no love lost for Phil either. His 2008 MVP speech when he awarded Kobe his ONLY MVP award was cold and callous and you get cut with a knife his uneasiness when the Lakers win the championship. I'm not convinced that the other point of view is the correct one, and perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle, but tell me another instance where an NBA player has been suspended (twice) for hitting someone in the face with his follow through. I don;t dare call it a "conspiracy," just a genuine dislike. he has the ability to wield his power against those he dislikes and doesn't hesitate to to it, especially against the Lakers. Did you notice how quickly he issued his fine against Kobe? Did you notice how much time he took to suspend Andrew Bynum for 2 games? Perhaps that's common and I'm just out of the loop on that which is very possible. I don't know.

THAT is fine-worthy??

Yikes. It's a good thing I don't work for Stern. I'd be so broke I'd have to live in a bus shelter. Oh no.... can I say that?? Will this insult homeless people? Will I be fined, or be branded anti-homeless by the homeless? Or would they think that was an insult?

Nevermind. Scratch my comment. (Not a slur against itchiness).

My 1st thought when Stern announced his dress code for (black) players so they don't frighten (white) customers, was de guy soundz like a whatchacall mafia thug, yaknow whaddimean? And how does dat sound to all dose white customas? Kinda like a thug, who tinks he's a gawdfatha, or maybe just a gawd.

Quit, Stern, go away, YOU make us fans sick.

250,000 dollars in two days for mr. stern. how nice

Laker Haters! Mount up!

Let the playoffs begin.


DBDH!

"That's one way of looking at it. Admittedly, I focus on his actions toward the Lakers, Phil and Kobe, in particular, and scratch my head. Since Colorado, Kobe's has received "special treatment" in a very negative way from my observations. There seems to be no love lost for Phil either. His 2008 MVP speech when he awarded Kobe his ONLY MVP award was cold and callous and you get cut with a knife his uneasiness when the Lakers win the championship. I'm not convinced that the other point of view is the correct one, and perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle, but tell me another instance where an NBA player has been suspended (twice) for hitting someone in the face with his follow through. I don;t dare call it a "conspiracy," just a genuine dislike. he has the ability to wield his power against those he dislikes and doesn't hesitate to to it, especially against the Lakers. Did you notice how quickly he issued his fine against Kobe? Did you notice how much time he took to suspend Andrew Bynum for 2 games? Perhaps that's common and I'm just out of the loop on that which is very possible. I don't know.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 14, 2011 at 01:46 PM "

I tend to think it's all about focus. The Lakers are always in the spotlight so if something happens that involves a Laker, it won't go unnoticed. A player on the Bucks probably wouldn't have to worry about a tv camera catching one of his comments but I also don't think a player on the Bucks would be able to get away with calling a referee a term like that in the first place. It goes both ways I suppose.

For the suspensions Kobe got for the follow through, I've never seen a player elbow a player in the face on a follow through, especially not repeatedly. Only Kobe knows what his true intentions were but I haven't seen any other player do it to determine if there is any consistency in how they rule on those plays. He does like to play physical and use his elbows and he admitted this. I remember one of the things he said he liked best about Steve Blake is that Steve wasn't fazed by his elbow throwing.

I think the suspensions/fines always come before the team plays their next game. I haven't noticed it comes any quicker for the Lakers, I actually thought the response was kind of slow in the last few occurences. Stern had a golden opportunity to stick it to the Lakers last night by suspending Kobe for the game but he didn't do so.

"Since it is the tax season, are NBA fines tax deductible? 8-)

Posted by: The Snake | April 14, 2011 at 01:22 PM "

LOL I remember a player or coach asked about that before and I think it was determined that it was not. Even though the money ultimately goes to charity, it is a fine and not a donation.

JUSTA!!!

You're back!!! WOOOHOOOOOOO!

I forgot to mention earlier that I too love Trey's game. He passes first, doesn't make dumb mistakes, is big for a PG, can play some D, and most importantly, SHOOTS THE BASKETBALL WHEN HE IS WIDE OPEN. Please tell me he is going to be on the playoff roster. Please.

How about term limits for NBA officers?

David Stern has been NBA commissioner way too long.

Darth Stern has lost his fricken mind!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Laker Tom,

"The 1200 pound elephant in this room is also the widespread anti-gay feelings prevalent among many African-Americans. "

Man, maybe so, and as a person who loves generalizations, yeah, you're right, but we are not talking about a "type" of person. We're talking about an individual--Kobe Bryant--who, to my knowledge, has not shown any form of anti-gay bigotry through his ACTIONS (which is the part that matters).

So, are you suggesting that Kobe should be fined more because he's black because some blacks have an anti-gay bigotry?

Lame.

Political correctness is ALL about controlling people and power. It has ZERO to do with actually creating an open and free society where people feel they have inherent value.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

As if a fine will keep discussion of the impending NBA's suicide out of the media. At least the NBA's commisioner office is $150,000 richer.

I love this quote by John Hollinger. He's talking about the playoffs and he says,

"So as 15 outstanding teams and the Indiana Pacers get ready to tip off the league's second season, ..."


LOL

"I forgot to mention earlier that I too love Trey's game. He passes first, doesn't make dumb mistakes, is big for a PG, can play some D, and most importantly, SHOOTS THE BASKETBALL WHEN HE IS WIDE OPEN. Please tell me he is going to be on the playoff roster. Please.

Posted by: mclyne | April 14, 2011 at 02:18 PM
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YES! Wasn't it refreshing to see that someone that PJ won't normally play got to do just that last night and earned his playoff roster spot in my mind in one game! DE & TR off it for injury reasons. (13 spots with 1 a reserve designation each game)

"How about term limits for NBA officers?

David Stern has been NBA commissioner way too long.

Posted by: Windfall | April 14, 2011 at 02:22 PM
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YES! I have been complaining about this for years. Stearn is the hire of the owners, but I cannot believe they all sanction this crap that comes down from him all the time, these days. His lifetime achievement award for permanent commissioner has just got to go!

"I love this quote by John Hollinger. He's talking about the playoffs and he says,

"So as 15 outstanding teams and the Indiana Pacers get ready to tip off the league's second season, ..."


LOL

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | April 14, 2011 at 02:27 PM "

LOL thats mean. I really think the Pacers are better than their record shows. It shouldn't be enough to give Chicago any real scare but I think they're better than the Hornets.

"Political correctness is ALL about controlling people and power. It has ZERO to do with actually creating an open and free society where people feel they have inherent value.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | April 14, 2011 at 02:27 PM "

Do you want anarchy? What are you trying to argue for exactly?

Kobe can use slurs all he wants once he no longer represents a company or entity. While he's an NBA player, his actions reflect upon the NBA and they'll try to keep him in line with the product they are trying to sell.

This was not first or last time that Phil Jackson was fined. It is sad that you can't express own feelings about something due to scare of being fined. There are some strange rules and laws in NBA administration...

http://www.worldofbasketball.org

You know, there is NOBODY who has ever played who really believes that Kobe's "slur" was anything remotely connected to gay-bashing. You play hard. Guys say stuff (MUCH worse than what Kobe said, and usually about YO MAMA), and nobody means any of it, and nobody gives a rip about it. This whole thing is so overblown, so Darth Stern controlling and politically pussyfied that it's a complete joke. Seriously, give it a rest. It's ridiculous.

No harm, no foul. That was the most pablum like comment ever. If he's going to get fined, then allow him to be critical......go for $110.K

"You know, there is NOBODY who has ever played who really believes that Kobe's "slur" was anything remotely connected to gay-bashing. You play hard. Guys say stuff (MUCH worse than what Kobe said, and usually about YO MAMA), and nobody means any of it, and nobody gives a rip about it. This whole thing is so overblown, so Darth Stern controlling and politically pussyfied that it's a complete joke. Seriously, give it a rest. It's ridiculous.

Posted by: CornerJ | April 14, 2011 at 02:47 PM"

I haven't really heard anyone saying he was trying to bash anyone's sexuality. I think we all know from his context that it was just his way of calling the referee an idiot/jerk/whatever. It's just a word he should not have used and unfortunately for everyone involved, it was very public that he said it.

He has been caught on tape numerous times saying "f u" to the officials and never received any kind of punishment for it. If he had used different wording he would have been fine.

"I haven't really heard anyone saying he was trying to bash anyone's sexuality. I think we all know from his context that it was just his way of calling the referee an idiot/jerk/whatever. It's just a word he should not have used and unfortunately for everyone involved, it was very public that he said it.
Posted by: Bay to LA | April 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM"

So that's serious enough to warrant a $100,000 fine? Really? You're serious? A public apology (which he made) should be just fine. Look, it's wrong, and Kobe can definitely afford it, but to me, that's not the issue. It's the absurd lengths to which public figures are going to enforce politically correct thought and speech. It is NOT legitimate in this context (intense athletic combat). And it CHEAPENS, not strengthens the message when it is this absurd.

Bay to LA,

"Do you want anarchy?"

Are you serious? Are you really serious?

Ahh... political correctness selling fear and shame again.

I want people to be able to speak their minds in an emotionally honest society.

I want words not to be given artificial power by special interest groups at the expense of the greater good.

That's about it.

Anarchy is not involved.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Here's the deal...you are obligated to answer the media's question, or you get fined. If you answer and they don't like what your opinion is, you get fined.

He said "I think there's some people pretty convinced" he didn't mention anyone. He is basically talking about what other people's opinions are around the league. I've heard plenty of others say very similar thing, but with no fine.

David Stern is a criminal.
Please....30 years as commissioner! How do we get rid of this guy? He has never done anything good for the league. We need an uprising, like in Egypt.

This guy makes rules up as he goes along. Remember when he suspended Kobe from the knicks game? Those Knicks fans were pissed!

The NBA needs to hire a commissioner that has actual played basketball, so they can understand the game and stop making up stupid new foul rules. They should also have an outside company handling the refs. I don't even see how it's legal to just make stuff up as they go along. Too many games decided by refs and I know most hardcore fans feel the same way. So many bad calls that it's almost not worth watching. Some players literally travel, or carry the ball throughout the entire game and never get called, but some don't, but get called anyway. I don't see how they don't notice, especially if everyone else does. The player, coaches,and fans notice, but not the league. Strange!

I want people to be able to speak their minds in an emotionally honest society.

I want words not to be given artificial power by special interest groups at the expense of the greater good.
Posted by: Jon K. |
=============

Jon K,

Does that include rappers?

"Are you serious? Are you really serious?

Ahh... political correctness selling fear and shame again.

I want people to be able to speak their minds in an emotionally honest society.

I want words not to be given artificial power by special interest groups at the expense of the greater good.

That's about it.

Anarchy is not involved.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | April 14, 2011 at 03:14 PM "

You're not able to speak your mind? What have you ever been prevented from saying?

"So that's serious enough to warrant a $100,000 fine? Really? You're serious? A public apology (which he made) should be just fine. Look, it's wrong, and Kobe can definitely afford it, but to me, that's not the issue. It's the absurd lengths to which public figures are going to enforce politically correct thought and speech. It is NOT legitimate in this context (intense athletic combat). And it CHEAPENS, not strengthens the message when it is this absurd.

Posted by: CornerJ | April 14, 2011 at 03:04 PM "

A technical or suspension is the usual punishment or berating an official and both of those would have cost him much more than $100,000.

The NBA has much different terms than I live by. I just know that if I went around my workplace saying what Kobe said, an apology wouldn't make the issue go away. I'd be fired.

Whether we like it or not, Kobe also has a greater responsibility to behave a certain way because he's a public figure and has so many eyes on him.

Jeez, Napoleon must be low on cash lately and is pickin' on the purple & gold...BACK OFF LITTLE MAN!

I'm very pleased with they way everything laid out last night. #2 seed in the West with No-leans up first...could have been much worse. I think falling behind the Cheat may come back to haunt us, we shall see. NICE job by Kobe last night and where the heck did this Trey Johnson come from? Frickin sign him up already!

How can you fine a guy $75,000 for commenting on a "collective bargaining agreement" if one won't even exist after June 30th??

So if Kobe would have called Bennie the referee "Hey you big nose" this would have been an insult and discrimination, bigotry etc thowards all big nose men?
Some one made a comment about Stern has become some sort of NBA Natzi, man I agree, these are things you see in 3rd world countries where there is a dictator and you don't say anything against his government or you loose an arm or a leg, Hey maybe that is Stren's next step "Kobe you called the referee Big Nose? Off with your head!!!

It's probably best for the conspiracy theories to be left elsewhere because most people think Stern's plans are to steer the Lakers towards the championship, not away from it. Acknowledging that Stern is pulling strings to make things go a certain way argues in favor of that theory, even if you're trying to argue the opposite.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 14, 2011 at 01:30 PM
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That's one way of looking at it. Admittedly, I focus on his actions toward the Lakers, Phil and Kobe, in particular, and scratch my head. Since Colorado, Kobe's has received "special treatment" in a very negative way from my observations. There seems to be no love lost for Phil either. His 2008 MVP speech when he awarded Kobe his ONLY MVP award was cold and callous and you get cut with a knife his uneasiness when the Lakers win the championship. I'm not convinced that the other point of view is the correct one, and perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle, but tell me another instance where an NBA player has been suspended (twice) for hitting someone in the face with his follow through. I don;t dare call it a "conspiracy," just a genuine dislike. he has the ability to wield his power against those he dislikes and doesn't hesitate to to it, especially against the Lakers. Did you notice how quickly he issued his fine against Kobe? Did you notice how much time he took to suspend Andrew Bynum for 2 games? Perhaps that's common and I'm just out of the loop on that which is very possible. I don't know.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 14, 2011 at 01:46 PM


I agree with you there 888. The punishment/hate against Kobe is like racism in America. It's there always waiting to rise to the surface whether people believe/experience it or not.BTw kenyon martin said the same to cuban,you don't have to read his lips you can hear it loud and clear(you tube it).It's not that the lakeshow would get bounced in the first or second rounds.they can easily make it to the finals and be victims of horibble officiating.can anyone forget 06' finals?? I'm sure cuban doesn't.If the show can get to the finals there's no money lost there.If miami gets there two even better.Let's not forget it's the bad officiating that caused Kobe to rant in the first place,everyone else just ran with it.
Not making excuses,but that punishment against the lakeshow on a whole is just to convenient to think otherwise.Even back in 08 garnett pushes a ref with stern in attendance and what happened?Nothing,so either stern is obviously biased towards kobe,or he is suffering from the onset of alzheimer's. It's no way one guy can do something yet nothing happens,yet kobe does the same and it's the end of the world..Go figure...

The Snake....You wouldn't be a former UT99 gamer would you?

JR

Funny how the last post is way off base from the story headline...
Oh well...........Anyway, we won't miss the En Bee Aye if there is not a season in '11.........
Save your money, boys.

Is this the real world or High School? I thought America was the land of the free and the home of the brave! David Stern is a control freak and should be deactivated from the NBA. He makes decisions after the games like a judge. Who the heck does he think he is......god? If a player wants to tell the ref he's wrong so be it. If a coach or team wants to talk about anything at all, so be it. If David Stern reads this and tries to fine me for my comments......wouldn't that be interesting? Who really cares what anyone says? The players and coaches should initiate a class action suit dirrectly at David Stern. He's the problem with the NBA.

Phil Jackson didnt say anything , he said he didnt think there will be a next year. If you can get fined for your opinion, the NBA is a dictator, not a league. David Stern and the NBA, have a good product, the owners want more money than the players are willing to give them, just like NFL, owners fighting over billions of dollars, saying they are broke. I have never wanted to see Jerry Buss, I want to see Kobe. The Kobe quote...everyone says things out of anger, and the incident should be judged as that. The kids use the g word all the time, I had to correct my daughter from using it several times, because she said , "that is gay" like gay was bad. I corrected her and I hope she has learned not to use that term. Kobe just happened to be on a national stage when he said what he said. I am not excusing the use of the word, it was wrong for him to say it. Kobe should have used the word F***ing idiot, so the idiots can have a protest


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