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For a smart guy, Stern's making a lot of dumb moves

David Stern's arrogance and defiance are preventing the NBA from easing fans' concerns. Jemele Hill

Updated: June 13, 2008, 4:40 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | Page 2

LOS ANGELES -- I was prepared to leave NBA commissioner David Stern alone about Tim Donaghy. But Stern, the man I consider one of the smartest in all of pro sports, said something before Game 4 of the Lakers-Celtics series that made me believe he'd been smoking blunts with Josh Howard.

Asked whether he would consider making referees available to the media -- a move that might go a long way toward quelling the rising belief the NBA is somehow rigged -- Stern said, "With respect to our officiating, ...

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