Now we our in the second lockout and it should not come as any surprise that David Stern has let the NBA players hang out to dry. he knows that public opinion will come down hard on players because that is where fans will vent their frustration. It's not always fair, but that's the truth and Stern knows it.
Fans want to watch NBA basketball and visit arena's and Stern knows that getting the NBA players to break is his only real chance. Hanging them out to dry is not uncommon in labor disputes, especially when you are talking about millionaire ballplayers. Will it work? I do not know only time will tell, but right now Stern does not care as he will do whatever it takes to get the game back on the court. This includes choosing sides it seems in the latest NBA lockout.