by Micah Hart
David Stern is the best commissioner in professional sports, and I’m not just saying that because I work for the league (Ouch! Put that taser away!), or because I can’t believe the NFL is still thinking of going to an 18-game season. I say it because he does things like going on The Colbert Report to discuss basketball.
Stern appeared on Monday night’s broadcast for reasons I’m not sure of — he wasn’t plugging a book or the playoffs or anything — he was just there to talk hoops with the man still trying to Restore Fear and/or Sanity.
As with any guest on Colbert’s show, he had to try to answer many silly questions with honest answers while showing he was still in on the joke, and I thought he pulled that off fairly well.
Stern has many talents, but one of his best is his ability to give honest answers that most hoops fans would agree with (like the fact that the Heat aren’t doing as well as expected) without saying anything that’s going to cause any trouble.
Of course, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Commish did well; once you appear on the Hang Time Podcast, everything else should be a breeze.