The Art of Booing David Stern and a Pick at the NBA Draft

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2013

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Draft night is a special time for possible NBA entrants, but it's also a special night for the people attending the event. They get to boo David Stern and their favorite team, should they end up displeasing the fans.

Simply tossing a "B" followed by a bunch of "O"s out at him every time Stern steps to the podium is a bit excessive. There are times when booing should be raucous and demoralizing, and others that become a bit over-the-top.

Obviously the highlight of the night is booing the man in charge, who will be present for the final NBA Draft of his tenure as the league's commissioner.

In recent years, Stern has evolved into a caricature of his old self, only in the best way possible.

He's made a few silly moves as the league's commissioner over the past few seasons. And he's turned into little more than a professional wrestling heel when appearing in public with fans in a situation where they can interact as a group.

While his mistakes have been bold and somewhat embarrassing, Stern's days in the NBA should be viewed as more of a positive experience than a negative.

Through his basketball-reasoned missteps, he's continued to hold the best interests of the league at his heart.

His league has grown into an international juggernaut, ready to embrace new technology every step of the way, and doing whatever possible to become a more entertaining game. Stern succeeded in doing just that.

The man expects to hear boos when draft night comes, so let's make sure to send him off with the perfect compilation of disapproval throughout the evening.



The First Appearance

Stern's first steps out to the podium will be the most important part of the evening, at least as far as the in-house boo-ers are concerned.

As soon as he emerges from the curtains, a shower of boos should be cascading down around his ears, falling to his feet as he sloshes through them to get out to the front of the stage and commence with the draft.

If last year was any indication, Stern will bask in the glory of the crowd's reaction and possibly even play a bit to them. At that point comes the most vigorous boos of the evening as Stern tries to show the audience up.



Subsequent Picks

Simply booing every time Stern steps out from behind the scenes to announce the next pick shouldn't be quite as vigorous as the first appearance.

The boos are meant to send a message, not bury the guy in negativity; and honestly, I'm not sure what that message is anymore.

Even still, there's no way Stern will cease to be booed so long as he is the league's commissioner. So it might as well come in a fun, half-kidding, half-serious environment.

Boo for every pick if you must, but if you're booing simply because he's shown his face then you've lost the game. Have some reason behind the boo.



The Final Pick

The Phoenix Suns pick 30th overall unless a trade goes down, so they will be the last ones to send Stern out to the podium after 29 seasons as the league's commissioner.

At this point, any reaction for Stern would be appropriate. 

As one of the handful of Stern apologists out there, I would be fine to see him get a rousing round of applause, but even a vicious booing would be fine, and even playful with the old fella.

At the very least, he deserves something that lets him know we care, whether it be positive or negative.



Adam Silver's Triumphant Appearance

Of course, the most pleasing nose-thumbing toward Stern of the evening will be the sarcastic cheers when he hands the remainder of the night over to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

Silver's cheers are joyful and sarcastic, both toward Stern and Silver. But it's a great tradition with this tandem at the draft.

As far as the rest of the evening is concerned, specific teams deserve a bit of Stern's boo action as well, as fans will disapprove of their selections.

Whether it's short-sighted or not, being booed is a right of passage for the youngsters coming into the league, people just need to be sure they're booing for the right reasons.



An Exceptional Reach

Alex Len looks like he could turn into a solid NBA player, but if the Cleveland Cavaliers decide to take him with the top overall pick, then it might be time to throw out some boos.

Generally speaking, if a player jumps a full sixth of the draft (which would be five spots) from where it's generally accepted he'll be taken, go ahead and boo.

The team reaching on that player might have a reason for picking him, and it might end up panning out. But reaching too far can definitely be criticized on draft day.



The New York Knicks

Whenever the Knicks pick someone, boo.

There are very few instances in which Knicks fans are completely happy with their pick, so just go ahead and boo and we'll sort out whether the guy is actually good or not a few years later.



Medically Questionable Players

Every once in a while you'll get a guy who has a history of injuries so severe that he drops in the draft like a stone.

Generally speaking, that guy will drop the appropriate number of spots, kind of like Jared Sullinger dropping all the way near the end of the first round to the Boston Celtics.

However, if a team picks a guy regardless of his injuries, go ahead and boo.

I suppose the rest is up to everybody's discretion. 

Each person's general opinion of a player will play in with whether they boo or not, as well as their team allegiance.

Just don't go all-out and start booing every single selection, it waters down just what a boo means.