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#pounditThursday, May 19, 2022

Deron Williams Calls David Stern a ‘Bully’ for Blocking Trades

After a tumultuous week that saw Chris Paul traded to the Lakers, then denied for “basketball reasons,” Deron Williams summed up what a lot of players and fans were probably thinking about the NBA’s commissioner.

“You’re fighting a bully,” Williams said according to the NY Daily News. “David Stern is a bully, you can’t really go up against him. He knows he’s a bully. It’s no secret. You got to be. I think every owner of every big business is a bully. That’s how they become successful.”

Maybe the fact that Williams is right in the middle of the Dwight Howard trade talks is what caused the Nets star point guard to sound off. Calling Stern a “bully” is pretty tame when you consider the hailstorm of criticism Stern has faced from the media, but unlike journalists Williams is an NBA player. If he’s right about Stern being a bully, the NBA might be sending him a fine very soon. Stern has had no qualms about being the bad guy lately. Rarely have we ever seen the commissioner of any sport hog the spotlight the way Stern has.


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