Stern states his case with hard time

The Malice of Auburn Hills gave David Stern a long-awaited opportunity to make a loud statement about the behavior he expects from NBA players.

Updated: November 22, 2004, 2:28 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

When the career of Kobe Bryant was threatened by some of the most serious charges ever levied against an NBA player, David Stern was essentially helpless. He could only sweat and wait to see if the Colorado court system would take his megastar away.

When big names all over the league turned demanding a trade into a sport of its own over the summer, Stern was equally helpless. He couldn't do much more than seethe.

When Latrell Sprewell, at 34, suggested that a $9 million-a-season ...

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