Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 2/23/12
by Nada Taha Commissioner David Stern refuses to talk about the 6-11 elephant in the room. After officially kicking off the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in Orlando, Stern joked about Jeremy Lin, discussed the fate of New Orleans and Sacramento and pointed out that the Sunshine State actually “offers a lot of sunshine.” But when it came to the obvious storyline that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Stern wanted to keep the focus off of the future of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and keep it on the weekend’s events and what they plan on doing with NBA Cares and NBA Fit. “I have no thoughts at all,” he said. “My brain is empty on this subject. I’m not going to allow this line of questioning to ruin the fact that Orlando is a spectacular city, having a wonderful All-Star Weekend. So I don’t want to feed into a heightened sense of deprivation because Orlando is anything but deprived.” Stern stood before a crowd of young elementary and middle school students draped in red, yellow,
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