As if we needed any more proof that David Stern is disturbed, he proved the point with his recent "soap opera" comments regarding the Dwight Howard saga.
According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgett, he talked to Stern about Howard's situation, which he wrote, "threatens to engulf another season for the Magic."
Stern says that Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, is the source of all the leaked rumors. And, he's apparently cool with that. Zillgett writes, "Stern says he is comfortable with how Howard's tumultuous situation is playing out."
Finally, from Stern's mouth to your eyes:
To me, it is the soap opera our fans turn in for - the drama on the court and the drama off the court. When we cease to have a story popping up, we probably won't exist.
I think what it is, is that that's the way we are. That's the way it has been in baseball and the NFL and hockey and basketball. And frankly, it engages our fans, it engages our reporters, it engages our bloggers. It makes people happy, mad, sad. It's just the life in sports.
Never mind that one of the NBA's franchises is in danger of losing another season. If the Magic can't find a suitable deal that doesn't work for them, they've indicated that they might just keep Howard through this season, according to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.
If you think Howard's tantrum last year was bad, wait until he has to stick around for another year.
Never mind that Howard is holding his team hostage—forcing their hand after he signed the waiver to play with them through next season, then saying that the team "blackmailed him" into doing it, according to ESPN.com's Broussard.
Never mind that he's repeatedly waffled on whether or not he'll re-sign with any potential trade partner, thus making his own trade more complicated.
Apparently, Stern's just fine with all of this mess, just as long as people are talking about the NBA.
This lax attitude towards Howard's situation sets a disturbing precedent.
There has already been a troubling trend developing in the NBA where the inmates are in control of the asylum. Coaches aren't the ones in charge of their teams anymore. The players have the power now to get their coaches fired, for heaven's sake, as Howard proved this past season with Stan Van Gundy.
Stern's statements show that he's perfectly content to let the trend continue to develop, and this attitude is only going to make matters worse in the years to come.
The Howard saga isn't close to being resolved, and Stern's "soap opera" comments add more fuel to an already-blazing inferno.
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