Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Most people feel as though asking NBA commissioner David Stern if the Draft Lottery was fixed is a fair question. The Hornets did not have the odds in their favor before their ping-pong ball was selected, and conspiracy theorists feel as though it is not coincidence that New Orleans won the top pick and happens to be the only team owned by the league. When Stern made an appearance on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday, Rome had no choice but to ask him the obvious question on everyone’s minds — including various league executives. Stern sounds like he is fed up with talking about it.

“I have two answers for that,” Stern said. “I’ll give you the easy one: No, and shame on you for asking.”

Rome then said he understood why Stern would say that to him but that it is his job to ask because people are wondering. Whether you like Rome or not, he’s right. Stern disagrees.

“Have you stopped beating you wife yet?” Stern then asked Rome, prompting Rome to tell him that’s not fair to say because people truly do believe the Lottery was fixed. “They think it because people like you ask silly questions. I expect it to be written about.”

Stern didn’t actually mean Rome beats his wife, he was just trying to express that he felt it was a loaded question. He said the same issues would be discussed if the pick went to the Bobcats because he’s friends with Michael Jordan or Brooklyn because they’re the league’s new team. However, cynics have argued that the NBA used the top pick as a selling point for the Hornets. As in, “This is a great investment because you now have a phenomenal young talent to start with.”

Typically I don’t care for Rome because he’s willing to engage in nonsense like this, but he would not have been doing his job if he didn’t ask about the Draft Lottery. The speculation is out there, and it’s his job to ask his guests the questions listeners want to hear. Whether it was rigged or not, Stern’s defensiveness makes him sound more guilty.

Thanks to Faux John Madden for sharing the audio with us.

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21 Comments:
  • I think Stern was out of line with his question.
  • David Stern is the definition of an A**hole! Not that Rome is the greatest but anyone that gives that A hole a bad time is allright in my book!
  • Rome was a complete gentleman with his questions and comments..on the other hamd Stern was a homo-boobin with his responds and comments. NBA needs to consider a new commisioner.
    Understanding that NBA wishes for new "younger" teams to gain interest and $$ from a new crowd, but, please, when it is obivious with slam down of Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers and the manipulation of calls from the ref's; hum is the Sterness a dictator???
  • I think Stern is a jerk. He represents the owners of NBA teams who have no respect for their customers. They are seen as sources of revenue only. Except when it is time to force a city into revenue enhancements by building new areana's, in which case they are seen as source of funding.... Oh yeah, so the owners don't cut into their profits....or have to use their money to make money
  • Rome is a certified idiot!
  • spoken like a master
  • great insight.....not!!
  • Not great insight, not!!!

    Jim Rome sucks. Never saw anybody get so bent out of shape or so jazzed over statistics... abstract numbers that have no relevance to his life whatsoever.

    Ohhh, it's his favorite player... LoLzZz and is he also emotionally involved in how much money his favorite movie makes...? Who cares?

    Grow up
  • ^_____^
  • I used to like Rome. Then he never evolved in his radio show. It's clones, clones, clones. And when he hates your team, for geti it. Dropped him a listenere a long time ago. ZERO objectivity.
  • more of me and less of you
  • are you suggesting that you weigh more than a man...?
  • Why would anyone hate a sports team...? It makes no sense to attach negative emotions to groups of people who are complete strangers to you, and who, in reality don't represent anything but themselves as businessmen.

    It's only entertainment.
  • ubermann POS..... is categorically pathetic.

    What a disgrace to humanity, if he had a sports team, it would be called the Popinjays : P

  • The Stern remarks will do nothing to make this go away, in fact he's added fuel to the conspiracy theorist bonfire.
  • Don't get your emotions too attached to it jim, don't get all worked up now, count to 10, take a deep breath, control yourself, you're a grown man Jim, it's o.k. really .... it's not your business anyways.
  • i dont think the author understood that Stern was referencing the question that Rome brilliantly worded asking Jason Kidd if he had stopped beating his wife. He was pointing out that rome has a flair for the sensational.
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