It only takes one

What David Stern's forward-thinking Vegas approach may mean down the road

Updated: December 16, 2009, 12:22 PM ET
By Chad Millman | ESPN The Magazine/Insider

It only takes one.

Whenever I'm facing a pivotal life moment that is completely left in someone else's hands, that is the phrase I latch onto. Like when I was asking girls to the prom. Or when I was applying to college. Or when I desperately needed someone to buy my Manhattan apartment so I could actually pay for the house I had agreed to buy.

It only takes one.

Anyway, that was my first thought when I read NBA commissioner David Stern's comments about legalized sports betting in Ian Thomsen's story on SI.com last week. In case you missed it, Stern, while acknowledging that the league's current anti-gambling stance hasn't changed, said, "We have moved to a point where that leap is a possibility."

Seriously, right now, someone send Bernie Madoff down to check Satan's thermostat.