Posted December 25, 2011 on AP on Fox
NBA Commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from fans. Stern was in Dallas for the NBA finals rematch between the Mavericks and Heat, and he was on the court for the start of the Mavs' banner-raising ceremony honoring their first championship. The jeers came as soon as he started speaking, but he quickly turned them into cheers by offering his congratulations to team owner Mark Cuban. Cuban's often contentious relationship with Stern could've been as much of a reason for the boos as the lockout, which pushed the opener from Nov. 1 to Christmas and cut the season by 16 games. Cuban and Miami's Mickey Arison were among five owners who voted against the labor deal. Stern downplayed that, hailing the agreement as beneficial to everyone.

Mavs raise banner, and fans warm to Stern

DALLAS On a day Dallas fans booed him, NBA commissioner David Stern defended the Mavericks and second-guessed those who already have written off the team in its quest to defend the title. "It's ironic," Stern said of the Mavs, "that the most underrated team in the league is the NBA champions." The commissioner good-naturedly compared his relationship with...

Stern comments on relationship with Cuban

DALLAS NBA commissioner David Stern good-naturedly compared his relationship with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to that of a "dysfunctional family," just part of Stern's press conference before the Christmas Day Heat-at-Mavs season-opener. The commissioner was booed by some Mavs fans in the defending champion's pregame banner-raising ceremony at American Airlines...

NBA Commissioner Stern hears boos at Dallas opener

NBA Commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from Mavericks fans.

NBA Commissioner David Stern opens season hearing boos from fans in Dallas

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NBA commissioner Stern booed by fans in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- NBA commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from fans.

Commissioner Stern greeted with boos in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- NBA commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from fans.

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It all starts with today’s holiday Garden party

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With any lockout, there is bound to be backlash against the sport and fans vowing never to watch another game.  With the frustration of intense negotiations and infuriating tactics used in the NBA Lockout, the Association didn't do their fans any favor.  The "millionaires vs billionaires" tag was an all too easy label for the negotiations and the apocalyptic language...
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