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STERN SAYS NO MORE HAVOC; MEDIA QUESTIONS NBA ACTION
Published April 22, 1996
Speaking at a luncheon in Phoenix on Friday, NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league is prepared to "take away games, seasons and careers from players who cause havoc on the court to other players and or officials" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/19). In New York, Mike Lupica writes that and NBA VP/Operations Rod Thorn "deserve exactly what they are getting" in recent ref-abuse incidents because of their failure to stand by longtime ref Jake O'Donnell during last year's episode with Clyde Drexler. Lupica: "You think the players didn't notice that? What message did Stern and Thorn and the head of their officials, whoever he is, think they were sending with that one?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/22). ESPN's Bill Conlin: "What I would like to see when there is a bumping incident in baseball or basketball is an internal affairs investigation just like they have in police work when an officer is accused of police brutality" ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 4/21). SHARE-TACTICS: T-Wolves Owner Glen Taylor told columnist Sid Hartman he is optimistic that revenue sharing will be adopted soon in the NBA after attending a league meeting in New York (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/21).