David Stern, the NBA’s Big Kahuna, joined Joe Rose today on WQAM.
Asked if LeBron James is the best all-around player in NBA history, Stern sidestepped before delivering the following nugget.
“I think LeBron is the most superb athlete that we’ve had,” he said. “He’s just extraordinary.”
Big 3 Approval
Many think the NBA Commissioner is upset with how the Heat came together, how they were “bought” in free agency, as opposed to how other quality teams were “grown” organically like San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
“I grew up in an era of Big Three, you know,” Stern said. “Worthy, Kareem and Magic. Larry, Kevin, and the Chief. Pippen and this guy named Jordan, and other people. That was not a big deal to me. It was just good management. ”
But with major luxury tax ramifications looming, things may be changing.
“Obviously it’s going to be much more difficult to maintain such teams and build such teams in the future because of the salary cap.”
The most pressing issue affecting the league today is flopping, something Stern continues to be postured with as he searches for answers.
“We were not seeking to solve the problem completely, just to begin tipping our toe into the water of enforcement this season.” he said. “People get too excited about it.”
“This will be a continuing subject, but it will not define our game.”
To listen to the interview in full, click here.