Conversation with NBA Commissioner David Stern

Ok so a little break from real esate.

For those that know me, you know that I am a big basketball fan.  I came across this piece by Doug Smith of the Toronto Star that I had to share...

The league hasn’t even sold the team officially and there’s old Tom Benson saddling up to the stage to take the No. 1 draft pick on behalf of the New Orleans Hornets after last night’s lottery and, I tell you, I can almost hear the conversation from a month ago now:

“Tom? David Stern. Want to take the Hornets off our hands?”

“Love to, David but have you seen that team? Screwed on the Chris Paul trade, Erik Gordon may leave, fans hate you, the team doesn’t draw flies. Nah.”

“Hmm. I see your point. What if we sweeten the deal a little bit.”


“Ever hear of Anthony Davis? How about him and another top 10 pick? You cool with buying then? We just came out of a lockout, we’ve been laying off staff forever, I need some help.”

“David? I don’t know. What else have you got?”

“How about we give you an all-star game, too?”

“Done. Now it’s up to you to make it look all plausible.”

“Oh, don’t worry about that. I’ve been fooling ‘em since the Patrick Ewing dry ice night. This is a piece of cake.”

“Ok, David. You’ve got a deal.”

“Great. Gotta run, have to call Prokhorov and break some bad news to him. See you later.”

But – and I really can’t say this firmly enough – I’ve been in the room and seen how the draw’s conducted. It is so far above board it’s not even funny; no way any of those conspiracy theories are legit but, you have to admit, it’s pretty cool, no?

When I read that I had a little chuckle.  Now back to work!

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