NBA Commissioner David Stern returned yesterday from his month-long vacation to speak out against the LeBron James “Decision” debacle and fine Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert $100,000 for the emotionally charged, comic sans letter to fans he posted just hours after James spurned his team for Miami.
“This decision was ill-conceived, badly produced and poorly executed,” a golden-tan Stern told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Had I not been sunning myself in Europe the last month I would have done something about it beforehand.”
Stern was even more critical regarding Gilbert’s letter.
“The remarks by Dan Gilbert, catalyzed as they may have been by a hurt with respect with the respect to his team and the people of Cleveland, though understandable, were ill-advised and imprudent,” said a very well-rested Stern. “Fining him $100,000 is the only way he’ll learn to not do something like this the next time one of a generation’s best players spurns his team on national TV.”
Stern then cut the interview short saying he had “a waiting private jet gassed up and pointing toward the Bahamas.”