An open letter to David Stern

Dear David,

Until recently I thought you might be the brightest leader of any sports league in the world. But the statements you made a few days ago in Barcelona prove to me that you're an idiot.


According to the Associated Press, you said that anticipation surrounding the Miami Heat is one reasons why you expect fans to see "some of the greatest basketball ever played" this season.

The AP story says that you were asked if Miami getting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play together would make the Heat "bad guys" in the league.

You responded, "We're going to have, really, our most successful season. I don't think it's good guys and bad guys. I think you're going to be getting to see some of the greatest basketball ever played."

Except in Cleveland.

So let me get this straight, you're proud of what happened this offseason? You really said it's "very interesting and exciting" to see how James, Wade and Bosh teamed up? You really think they're going to play "great basketball?" The beauty of the Celtics, Lakers, and even the Bulls with Michael Jordan, was that they played a team game.

You really think this is how your league should operate, where players get together in the offseason and decide where they can team up? Who's running this league? The players, apparently.

Just remember as the Heat play to huge crowds and your TV ratings soar that Cleveland, as loyal a sports town as there is, was totally embarrassed by "The Decision." It likely will never recover. But why would you care? You're getting exactly what you wanted.

I thought this whole sham was caused by LeBron and his team of advisers, that they simply didn't know any better. How wrong I was.

With the NBA, it starts at the top.

Sincerely, a loyal Cleveland Cavaliers fan