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Owners’ boorish behavior tarnishes NBA

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When NBA owners chose the Minnesota Timberwolves Glen Taylor as the chairman of their Board of Governors, the hypocrisy inspired no public outcry. No notice that a mastermind of what the commissioner had called “one of the farthest-reaching frauds I’ve ever seen” had gone from betraying his peers to presiding over them.


Taylor had sanctioned free agent Joe Smith’s secret side deal eight years ago, a clandestine contract that would cost the Wolves three future first-round draft picks and a $3.5 million fine. Taylor didn’t just show his dishonesty by cheating on the salary cap, but his incompetence for doing so with a player whose talent never justified the risk.



The owners cheered David Stern’s harsh punishment. They condemned Taylor as a crook. And then, three weeks ago, Stern would celebrate Taylor’s choice as chairman with a you-have-to-be-kidding declaration that his selection would “ensure the same high standards” of his predecessor.



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