LABOR STRIFE VETERAN
The NBA commissioner presided over a lockout during the 1998--99 season and faces a potential work stoppage following this season
Are you surprised Ron Artest won the NBA's citizenship award?
David Stern: No. I've been watching him grow and become an adviser to others and recognize his own vulnerabilities. I think that it was quite a moment when he thanked his therapist upon winning the [2010 NBA] championship. It can be taken lightly, but I don't think it should be. It meant so much to so many people to hear somebody who has been struggling [with emotional issues] say that.
If the Sacramento Kings eventually want to move to Anaheim, could Southern California support three teams?
DS: It's a tough one. I think at the end of the day you could probably find support for an NBA team. Would it be enough? It likely could be. This move is particularly difficult in uncertain times. We're working on a new collective bargaining agreement, and we're working on a new revenue-sharing agreement among our teams.
What have you learned from the NFL labor situation that can help you avoid any potholes?
DS: My head is spinning. You just learn that some things have a way of getting away from you. I'm not sure that Judge Nelson [federal judge Susan Nelson] herself understands what she told the NFL to do. It's easy to announce the lockout is [adjourned]. O.K., now what, Judge?
If you're confused, should NBA fans be worried?