Well, that headline might be a tad bombastic, since David Stern is really just concerned with North American professional basketball. But that exaggeration isn’t that exaggerate-y. Just see for yourself, dudeski.

From the Associated Press:

Speaking Thursday before the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers played Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona, Stern was asked if Miami getting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play together on what’s expected to be a title contender would make the Heat “bad guys” in the league.

“We’re going to have, really, our most successful season,” Stern said. “I don’t think it’s good guys and bad guys. I think you’re going to be getting to see some of the greatest basketball ever played.”

He added that it’s “very interesting and exciting” to see how James, Wade and Bosh teamed up.

Hard to argue with Davey Boy Stern here. The talent level in the league is absolutely bonkers right now. The Lakers feature one of the best players ever and are currently trying to win their third straight championship. There are four sure-fire Hall of Famers on the Celtics. And, of course, the Heat have one of the greatest collections of talent the league has ever seen. Even the perpetually boring Milwaukee Bucks have built an exciting team that should perform well in the Eastern Conference. It’s going to be a great, great year.

And seriously, there is a reason to be optimistic for every single team in the league. Even the Los Angeles Clippers have Blake Griffin, a rapidly improving Eric Gordon and the long-standing possibility that Chris Kaman might grow his hair out again. Big things, people.

October 26 can’t get here soon enough.

Comments (13)

  1. I ashamedly admit I’m not too familiar with his work — should I look forward to more backhanded compliments about the Bucks from Mr. Kerby?

  2. Well, as a Bulls fan, I root against the Bucks. But as a basketball fan, I actually like the Bucks. So, yes and no?

  3. I appreciate your at least partial honesty.

  4. Andrew: Besides Brandon Jennings, who was the last truly interesting player the Bucks have had? I thought Joe Alexander had the potential to be interesting but it turned out he sucks. Yi Jianlian: Same thing. I think you have to go back to T.J. Ford to name a guy who non-Bucks fans might actually go out of their way to watch. Full disclosure: I’m a Raptors fan and we haven’t had an interesting player since Vince left.

  5. i am excited as a basketball fan. i want to throw david stern into a pack of dogs as a sonics fan.

  6. “And seriously, there is a reason to be optimistic for every single team in the league.”


  7. Oh, I’m not disputing the statement — although I contend Redd was interesting at his peak — I’m trying to pick a fight to cover up my concerns about the Central.

  8. How about All-Star Mo Williams and “wouldn’t trade him for Amar’e Stoudemire” JJ Hickson? OK, fine. Maybe not those guys.

    At the very least, there’s always a chance Dan Gilbert writes another crazy letter. That’s exciting.

  9. Okay tough guy, now try to optimistic about the Pistons.

  10. Easy. They have Jason Maxiell.

  11. “Easy. They have Jason Maxiell.”

    And he eats babies

  12. but what are the odds that the conference finals in east and west aren’t going to end up Lakers and Heat/Celtics. doesn’t sound like the most exciting season when its so easy to predict

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