Les Levine has a great take on David Stern’s comments about the pyrotechnics used in NBA arenas…
David Stern after his recent visit to the Q for game 4 of the Cavaliers/Celtics series-
“I’m going to get into trouble for this: I think they’re ridiculous. I think that the noise, the fire (and) the smoke is the kind of assault that we should seriously consider reviewing whether it’s really necessary, given the quality of our game.
“It may be these are the maniacal rantings of a fan from a different era, and I recognize that. But I’m sitting there waiting for the next cannon to go off and then the fire heats up the arena, so the temperature rises by 15 degrees. That’s if you can see it because you’re waiting for the smoke — which is chemical — to clear, which is invariably done by the end of the half.”
Obviously Stern isn’t just upset about the use of such devices at the Q. But isn’t this Stern’s fault? Didn’t he aggressively market the players? Doesn’t the image of the league then become the image of it’s biggest stars? I think it’s absurd what the teams feel they need to do during timeouts to keep the crowd involved in the game, but as we’ve seen throughout these playoffs, home court advantage is very important. Here’s a thought, how about fewer television timeouts? Wait, what am I saying…
Quotes from USA Today