NBA Commissioner David Stern had a choice question for Jim Rome, host of The Jim Rome Show, on his radio show today. After being asked whether the NBA draft lottery had been fixed, Stern retaliated by asked Rome, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”
After a quick pause Rome collected himself and then labeled Stern’s question as unfair. After placing the same tag on the question that Rome asked Stern, Rome replied that it was a fair question to ask because the New Orleans Hornets, who landed the first pick in the draft, were still under ownership of the NBA.
Stern then went on to say that the team had already been sold, the price set and that the deal was going to be finished by the end of the week.
It has been a hot topic for a while concerning the possible fixation of this year’s lottery and lotteries in the past. Events like projected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis wearing a Hornets hat the same day the draft took place and questions arousing the NBA’s ownership of the Hornets and their fight for trading Chris Paul last offseason.
The point that Stern made following the point mentioned above that Rome brought up was a very valid argument. If the Charlotte Bobcats, who had the best chance of winning the lottery, had won fans would have questioned Stern on rewarding his good friend Michael Jordan with the first pick. And if the recently relocated Brooklyn Nets would have surprisingly landed the prize pick, the situation right now would be much worse.
After that the conversation started to get really awkward, as Stern brought up that he wouldn’t have expected that question to come out of the mouth of a respected journalist like Rome.
The radio conversation can be heard below. Pay extra close attention to the uncomfortableness level that the conversation reaches around the four-minute mark.
Do you think it was fair for Rome to ask that question to Stern? Do you believe that the lottery was fixed?
We will further discuss the shocking conversation the rest of this week. For now I have to listen to someone more important than Rome, like Stephen A. Smith.