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David Stern's legacy at stake this time

If the NBA season doesn't start on time, the commish will bear the brunt of the blame

Updated: July 1, 2011, 9:06 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

That David Stern would go down among the very best commissioners of all time was less a talk radio opinion than it was one of life's mortal locks. You had death, you had taxes, and you had David Stern chiseling himself into the Mount Rushmore of professional sports.

But if Stern allows a second round of NBA games to get slashed and gashed on his watch, or if he follows the lead of his old lieutenant, Gary Bettman, who once delivered the eulogy for an entire NHL season, then his legacy will ...

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