Originally written on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Last week we relayed an unfortunate monologue from Bryant Gumbel in which he told his audience at HBO's Real Sports that NBA Commissioner David Stern is "eager to be seen as a plantation overseer." The response was as you'd expect, with most discounting Gumbel's take and discouraging the Emmy-award winner for bringing race into the discussion regarding the NBA's labor impasse. Of course, you could argue that Gumbel's take on Stern didn't necessarily have to act as a race issue, because it's Stern's attitude he's criticizing, but then again you don't really get to absolve your comments of race-baiting when you bring the word "plantation" into a dialogue about a largely African-American workforce in a league that features 29 white team owners out of 30 teams. Either way, the comment struck a raw nerve. And because we're where we're at, I suppose, Billy Hunter had to actually deign to answer a question about whether or not David Stern, who works with more African-Americans by nine in...
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