(Ed Note: This article appears courtesy Bloguin's national NBA blog, Crossover Chronicles. CC has quickly become one of the most respected NBA sites on the web and will be intently covering tonight's NBA Draft. Before David Stern gets booed off the stage tonight, he wisely backed off some of the statements in his controversial interview with Jim Rome.)
David Stern hit some hot water during the Playoffs in an interview with Jim Rome. Rome, in his ever-confrontational, smack-driven way, asked Stern how he would respond to those fans and observers who suspect the league rigs the lottery to get a result it wants.
Few are able to spar with Stern and come out looking victorious. Stern is well known for his quick wit and seemingly self-depricating responses to loaded questions. What he said to Rome when asked about the Draft Lottery was not funny and poorly illustrated his point. A rare slip up for the always politically correct commissioner of the NBA.
"You know, I would do it again differently if I were asked the question," Stern said on Mike Wise's radio show in Washignton. "What can I tell you? I’m like LeBron. You get a day older, and you hope you get wiser rather than just older."
Rome asked a question that was on a lot of conspiracy theorist's minds -- despite New Orleans' relatively good chances at winning the lottery and the right to pick first in Thursday's Draft. It was a fair question that was perhaps phrased incorrectly.
Stern made the bad question worse by asking Rome whether he still beats his wife. The point that was supposed to be illustrated was that Rome's question was a loaded one. It assumed that the Lottery is rigged and gave Stern no good answer. He would be attacked no matter what he said.
Except the answer he gave did make things worse. So bad that he probably lost his point.