This may shock you, but there are a lot of fans out there that dislike NBA commissioner David Stern.
People have accused him of rigging the league, setting up a system that causes small markets to fail, letting officials run rampant all over the play on the court, rigging the NBA draft lottery, hating their favorite team, hating their favorite player, hating their city and trying to give LeBron James an actual kingdom.
OK, maybe some of that was an exaggeration, but I've actually seen a lot of complaints about most of those topics.
Since Stern took over as commissioner in 1985, we've seen the league grow leaps and bounds and hemispheres as he's helped guide a product that went from being tape delayed during its most important time of the year to being one of the most popular sporting leagues in the world. Part of this was being in the right place at the right time.
He inherited a league that had Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as the faces of the NBA during a time in the 80s in which style and flash became a huge part of American culture. He also took over the NBA one year after the greatest star it's ever known (some guy named Michael Jordan) had entered. Stern helped make the NBA appointment viewing for many and as accessible around the world as any league there is.
He's also governed the NBA during some very trying and despicable times. Part of this could be his fault. He has policies about the NBA that doesn't sit well with some fans. Part of this could have just been the timing of uncontrollable moments, like how he happened to take over when three huge stars resided in his league.
With that said, here are seven reasons fans of non-super teams might hate David Stern and the NBA, and why I think it might be a bit ridiculous.