“If we call every foul on you Shaquille O’Neal, the game will last 4 hours!”: NBA Commissioner David Stern had to placate an irate Shaq and make him understand what he needed to change

Shaquille O’Neal was tired of players fouling him all the time – he took the matter straight to commissioner David Stern. When you think of Shaquille O’Neal, what comes to your mind? Incredible dunks, post moves spins and pure dominance…

“David Stern rigged the 85′ draft so the Knicks landed Patrick Ewing to secure a $173 million TV deal”: How the NBA may have conspired to feed its biggest market with the 1st overall pick

Patrick Ewing ended up being one of the greatest centers of his era, and perhaps the greatest Knick ever, but him landing in New York may have involved a conspiracy. The 1985 NBA Draft goes down as one of the…

“Dennis Rodman, I’m going to kick you out of the league!”: When former NBA commissioner David Stern threatened to expel The Worm from the NBA for having too many tattoos

Dennis Rodman was well known as the ‘bad boy’ of the NBA in the 1990s. In fact, The Worm’s tattoos nearly got him kicked out of the league! The five-time champion, Dennis Rodman is known around the world for a…

“Why should I give $50,000 to NBA when I can give it to the Mormon community I offended”: When Bulls legend was fined for making unflattering comments towards Utah natives

Dennis Rodman was fined $50,000 by the NBA for making derogatory statements about the Mormon community during 1997 NBA Finals.  During an interview with Kevin Hart, Dennis Rodman said something quite interesting. “You don’t pay me to be f**king nice.”…

“David Stern told me he’d kick me out of NBA if I got more tattoos, I got one that night”: Dennis Rodman defied a direct order from NBA Commissioner

Dennis Rodman was told by David Stern that if he got any more tattoos, he’d be kicked out the NBA; Rodman got another one that night.  Dennis Rodman was one of the most interesting players the NBA has ever seen.…

“Charles Barkley, that son of a b*tch Rick Barry is never coaching in the NBA!”: When David Stern barked at the NBAonTNT analyst for trying to get the Warriors legend a job

Former Commissioner, David Stern, told Charles Barkley that Rick Barry was not getting a job in the NBA because no one likes him.  Charles Barkley and Rick Barry have had a great relationship with one another. When it comes to…

“A lesser player than Michael Jordan would’ve been suspended by David Stern”: Former Nike executive was skeptical that the Bulls legend’s gambling scandals would be his undoing

Michael Jordan caused a worldwide stir when he announced his decision to retire for the first time, in 1993. Many people believe it was a facade. It is abundantly clear that MJ had a gambling addiction. He steadfastly refused to…

“David Stern rigged Game 6 of 1984 NBA Finals to help Magic Johnson’s Lakers”: When Larry Bird accused the then-commissioner of manipulating the finals

The 1984 NBA Finals between the Celtics and the Lakers was an action-packed thriller, going down to the wire. However, Larry Bird believed David Stern misused his powers and rigged Game 6 to help Magic Johnson force a seventh game.…

“David Stern ran the NBA like a mob boss!”: Carmelo Anthony remembers legendary commissioner’s influence on his 15-day suspension

Carmelo Anthony revealed the reason behind his unprecedented 15-day suspension, and how David Stern influenced the situation. David Stern during his heyday was counted among the most influential personalities in the sporting world. He presided over the NBA for over…

“Dennis Rodman, any more tattoos and you’re out of the NBA”: When the Bulls legend got a new tattoo out of spite from a David Stern dictate

Dennis Rodman is not somebody whom you can dictate lifestyle terms or tell him what to do, as David Stern found out in the 90s. Rodman was a larger-than-life figure in the public consciousness in the 90s. One could argue…