Stern mistakes Sandy for Katrina
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Know your natural disaster.
NBA Commissioner David Stern didn’t Tuesday night while addressing the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena before the Miami Heat received their 2012 NBA championship rings. Stern, who recently announced he will step down in 2014, wished well for all those suffering in the wake of “Hurricane Katrina”
There is a powerful hurricane moving up the East Coast. Its name is Sandy.
Stern’s full quote: “Before we begin, I know that everyone here and around America watching has in their thoughts and in their abiding concerns those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. That said, we have a celebration tonight.”
Katrina, of course, hit New Orleans in 2005. Stern knows this; the storm forced the New Orleans Hornets to relocate temporarily to Oklahoma City, which helped set up the Seattle Supersonics’ transition into the Oklahoma City Thunder and led to the Hornets briefly being owned by the league.
Innocent mistake, sure. But the NBA offices are based in New York, so it’s an unfortunate slip of tongue.… [For more on NBA Commissioner David Stern mistakes Hurricane Sandy for Katrina, click here.]