As you know, the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association convened yesterday to negotiate in an effort to create a new collective bargaining agreement, with the regular season start expected to be a month away.
There were tense moments in the discussions obviously, and there was one very contentious moment which could have totally ended all talks. David Stern, the NBA Commissioner made a comment and pointed his finger at Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade, who took offense to it. Wade then yelled back and had to be restrained in the process.
There are numerous reports, from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears, who state that Wade referred to Stern as "David" during his tirade. Apparently, Stern was lecturing the players about some type of issue, and Wade must have been called out as an example. Numerous sources, from the New York Post to even NBA.com's Sekou Smith state that Wade initially yelled and said "Don't point your finger at me! I'm not a child!"
That has to be a huge rallying cry for the players. Though I have been more sympathetic toward the NBA than the NBPA, I am not a huge fan of the David Stern behind closed doors, even though I think he looks like a great businessman with all the poise in the world in the public eye, and for the most part he is a great businessman given the NBA's growth worldwide. Well, what did Stern say?
Whenever a juicy event like this happens, someone is likely going to leak it out, anywhere. According to gossip site MediaTakeout.com, Stern, I mean David claimed that the owners' insistence for a hard salary cap was because of the way Dwyane assembled last year's Miami Heat team. In the process, he didn't just point fingers at Wade, he pointed a finger at Wade's chest and actually touched him in the process. I'm not the biggest fan of MediaTakeout, but if this actually what happened, I can understand Wade's reaction, and if I were him, I'd do the same thing.
At the same time, Stern's comment isn't baseless, at least when you're a fan of an NBA team that has no chance of being manufactured like the Heat was last year or quickly assembled like the Celtics in the summer of 2007. I guess on one hand, there are folks who think it is in Stern's interest to see the few "have" teams be as stacked as possible, but at the same time, if this were the case, why not just contract half of the NBA's teams, and the teams that would be contract are those who have no realistic chance of being a "have" team?
Well, the owners and players are continuing to negotiate today, at least as of the last time I checked Twitter and Google searches, and it's safe to say that there may still be more drama to come in these sessions, regardless of whether "a deal" is reached or not. So fellow Wizards fans, what are your takes on yesterday's showdown moment between the Commish and one of the NBA's best?