Stern knows where 'bodies are buried'

David Stern had reporters buzzing during his NBA Finals news conference before Game 1.

Every year before the NBA Finals tip off, the commissioner holds a news conference where he addresses the hundreds of media in attendance, and usually they’re unremarkable affairs.

But this year happens to be David Stern’s last full year as NBA commish — he’ll be stepping down in February 2014 after 30 years on the job — so his final Finals news conference was a little more noteworthy than usual.

Over the course of the event, Stern reflected on his legacy as commissioner, discussed replay and flopping, and defended the new CBA, among other things (you can read the whole thing here if you really want to).

But the question — and answer — that had everyone buzzing was a little more scandalous:

The comment in question dates back to the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, when Stern, during his annual address to executives and players in attendance, infamously and angrily remarked that he knew where “the bodies are buried” in the NBA, because he buried them himself.

Most assumed then, as they do now, that Stern was speaking colloquially ... but when it comes to Stern, can you ever really be sure?

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