Jim Rome and David Stern Have On-Air Dispute Over NBA Lottery

Jim Rome and David Stern Have On-Air Dispute Over NBA Lottery

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On Wednesday June 13, 2012 Jim Rome interviewed NBA Commissioner David Stern and after years of appearances you can tell they have a good report. However on this day David Stern appeared to sound like a guy who did not want to deal with questions or thoughts he deemed as silly.

Rome asked Stern about fans concerns that the lottery was rigged in an attempt to allow Stern to dispel the rumors like he usually does. However, Stern didn’t feel like ‘playing the game’ today and basically accused Rome of trying to get a cheap thrill and asking a foolish question. While Rome may feel the lottery isn’t rigged, he has a right to ask that question if he feels it’s what his wants to hear. Fans rarely if ever get a chance to talk to commissioners and head of leagues so they’re only to get their questions asked is to forward them to Jim Rome and other national media members.

Where the interview went wrong is, when Stern acted as if this was the first time he ever heard of this and those that question the process don’t even deserve recognition. He treated Rome his question and the listeners the same way he treated the players during the lockout. The same, ‘trust me, I know more than you’ attitude that has left the players fighting against they and eventually signing a deal they don’t like for 10 years.

While this will eventually blow over and people will forget about this interview, Stern had a chance to explain to fans the process of the lottery and be transparent. Take fans behind the curtain with his own words. Instead he chose to lob insults at the host and basically taunt the fans and their conspiracy theories.

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No, he can’t answer every theory, but it’s like trying to explain to a teenager perspective, they may not get it at the moment, but when it does hit them they can always say you told them once before.

Below is a copy of the interview for those that haven’t heard it.

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