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Adam Silver Presidential Draft Movement Suffers First Setback
New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait

Posted on 05/02/2014 12:21:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Maureen Dowd’s most recent column takes President Obama to task for being a wimpy girly-man who fails to lead, unlike a certain decisive NBA commissioner who isn’t afraid to lead:

You should take a lesson from Adam Silver, a nerdy technocrat who, in his first big encounter with a crazed tyrant, managed to make the job of N.B.A. commissioner seem much more powerful than that of president of the United States.

Silver took the gutsy move of banning cretinous Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, after many people speculated that there was little the N.B.A. chief could do except cave. But Silver realized that even if Sterling tries to fight him in court (and wins) he will look good because he stood up for what was right.

Yeah — why doesn’t Obama just call Vladimir Putin into his office and tell him he’s banned for life from meddling in Eastern Europe?

Dowd’s cri de couer aroused the passion of columnist Ron Fournier, whose journalistic mission is to own the magical-thinking leadership beat:

Of course, being a columnist himself, Fournier doesn’t have to simply wish he wrote a why-isn’t-Barack-Obama-like-Adam-Silver column of his own. He actually wrote one.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports today that Silver initially proposed a much weaker response. Silver initially wanted to levy a suspension and a $1 million fine.

While Silver was exhausted, roiled by the day’s events and wrong about the maximum fine possibility, his response, and Vecsey’s Twitter post, seemed to put the Sterling case in line with past transgressions. That was not what Johnson and the players wanted to hear.

When Silver consulted league lawyers on Sunday, he realized the maximum fine was actually $2.5 million. He was also told that under Article 35A of the league’s constitution and bylaws, he had “the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period,” which N.B.A. lawyers interpreted as the right to ban Sterling for good.

So Silver initially hedged, then his view evolved as he slowly built a consensus and led from behind. Why can’t Obama make decisions more like that?


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1 posted on 05/02/2014 12:21:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
“Crazed tyrant?” She needs to up her soy supplementation or something.
2 posted on 05/02/2014 12:25:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: nickcarraway

He made the decision for silver to do that, all the way from Malaysia


3 posted on 05/02/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: nickcarraway
Yeah — why doesn’t Obama just call Vladimir Putin into his office and tell him he’s banned for life from meddling in Eastern Europe?

I like this version better:

Yeah — why doesn’t Putin just call Barack Obama into his office and tell him he’s banned for life from meddling in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East?

4 posted on 05/02/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: nickcarraway
maximum fine was actually $2.5 million.

And just where do the proceeds of this 'fine' go?¿

5 posted on 05/02/2014 12:50:10 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: nickcarraway

With all the problems Sterling has had in the past with equal housing laws, what did they think he was really like?


6 posted on 05/02/2014 1:25:06 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit
As long as Sterling contributed money to the right causes and didn't fly to high above the radar, he was alright. But as soon as some of his private (and possibly illegal) utterances became public, then he was radioactive.

But the problem with getting rid of Sterling the way they did, they left themselves open for possible countersuits and a bunch of crusading petty fascists who will leave no stone unturned to turn up more "bigots" to depose. Hopefully, it will be a number of the hypocrites who jumped up and down with joy when Sterling went down.

7 posted on 05/02/2014 1:42:54 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No kidding, I thought Silver came across as a crazed NAZI propagandist autocrat. Kind of looks like Goebbels too.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 2:31:22 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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