It is the job of NBA Commissioner David Stern, and NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver to run the NBA.
It is the job of NBA Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter, and NBA Players Association President Derek Fisher to negotiate the terms under which the players play.
It is their job to run the NBA and its players, and with the cancellation of regular season NBA games, these four men have in fact confessed to the world that they were not able to do their jobs.
On August 25, 2011, the late Steve Jobs famously wrote,
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
“I hereby resign as CEO of Apple.”
Unfortunately, that day has come as well for Stern, Silver, Hunter and Fisher as well. It really has.
As SI.com’s Ian Thomsen recently wrote, reaching a deal is not that difficult.
In the sports world, when a player fails to perform to expectations, he can expect to be benched so someone else can perform for the team.
These are the rules the rank and file of the NBA live by, why should it be any different at the top?
Or is all this tough talk about “accountability” in sports just fluff?
Besides, how could replacing this tired, floundering group hurt the NBA any further? I mean, what’s more harmful to a basketball league than keeping it from playing basketball?
In the real world, people who cannot do their jobs get replaced, even the irreplaceable Steve Jobs knows that.
In fact, in the real world even good people who are really good at their jobs can find themselves without employment — just ask the innocent arena workers and the others whose livelihoods are impacted by the NBA.
Consequently, I’m disappointed that not one of these four, much less all four, has admitted they have not done what they are paid to do and stepped down to let another try.
Is there a more visible business failure happening in the public eye right now than the failure of the NBA to solve its labor impasse?
Just think of all the industries struggling to survive in this global “down economy,” and here is pampered, entitled professional basketball, a market with millions of customers pounding on the doors (and television sets) to get them to produce a product.
Just how incompetent do you have to be, in a situation like this, to still find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Amazing.
It’s time to raze the house, and build anew on the solid foundation that still exists.