Should David Stern, Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter and Adam Silver Resign?

Steve Jobs Resigns

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’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.


  1. Andrew WeaverAndrew Weaver10-28-2011

    This lockout has little to do with the players and more to do with the owners sentimental reaction of losing revenue. This is attributed by the NBA’s decision to mirror big businesses harmful profit schemes championed by Commissioner Stern and his associates. Otherwise the NBA wouldn’t be in the financial disposition that it’s in. As such you have a commissioner ignoring players concerns by giving full control to corrupt referees who openly admit to betting on games, making wrong calls, and saying they don’t care. This behavior is a way to control the players and the points without the proper oversight. That’s why commissioner Sterns actions have violated the leagues rules and guidelines. This type of behavior is disgraceful and unethical. It’s a spit in the face to players, fans and the leagues image. That’s why I’m asking NBA fans to stand behind the calling for Commissioner Sterns resignation. Because it’s fans who built the NBA’s empire and it’s fans who can change it.

    • Tom7Tom710-29-2011

      Thanks for your comments, Andrew.

      I’m okay with David Stern resigning; he looks very tired anyway. But I confess I don’t follow all your reasons for it.

      Owners aren’t just losing revenue, according to the NBA 22 of 30 NBA teams are losing money. And according to Forbes, 17 of 30 teams are operating in the red. It’s not sentimental to want your business to be profitable and not go bankrupt, it’s survival.

      On the other hand, 0% of NBA players are losing money playing basketball. 😉

      The NBA is in the financial “disposition” it is in because teams spend more than they make. Some teams have put cost cutting measures in place over the last 2 years since the recession hit, but the expense they need to reduce the most is player salaries.

      Hence the NBA’s tough stand on wanting to share basketball related revenues 50/50 instead of 48/52 like the players are now demanding.

      But I definitely agree with you that the fans “built the NBA’s empire and it’s the fans who can change it” and I hope we do.

      Thanks again for your comments.

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