One thing that is wrong with today’s NBA is a true lack of rivalries.
Leave it to NBA commissioner David Stern to try and kill a budding rivalry before it starts.
Since they moved to Brooklyn, New York Knicks owner James Dolan and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov have exchanged barbs at one another.
While the two billionaires may seem childish at times, I have to ask what exactly is the problem?
Apparently Stern feels it is ok for players like Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton to talk trash, but once the owners get involved, he draws the line.
According to the New York Post‘s Fred Kerber, Stern arranged a sit-down between Dolan and Prokhorov in an attempt to squash any beef between the two.
Play nice, guys.
That essentially was the directive given to owners James Dolan of the Knicks and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets this past season during a meeting orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who wanted to snuff any lingering tension between the two and prevent a full-blown feud, multiple league sources told The Post.
The official also confirmed Stern assisted in getting the pair together in an attempt to prevent a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
I have never been Stern’s biggest supporter, but this is borderline ridiculous.
What exactly was his plan here?
Is he playing mother of two school children? Did he send Dolan to timeout like a grade school teacher?
With all of the problems NBA players tend to get into from time to time and all of the smack talk that happens on a daily basis, Stern has no problem turning a blind eye. But stop the presses if two child-like billionaires want to talk a little smack on each other.
Stern didn’t accomplish anything here.
The Knicks and Nets are still going to be a hot rivalry. All he did was rob the fans of some potential off the court headlines that could have happened between the two teams.
C’mon man, it is the offseason. We need the headlines.
However that won’t happen because Prokhorov is currently in timeout and Dolan has detention after school. Maybe if Stern gets his way both teams will hold hands before and after every game they play this season.
On his way out the door Stern one again shows that he can do exactly what he has always done- abuse his power.