Stern knows where ‘bodies are buried’

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

target="_blank">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,

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target="_blank">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?