I am truly surprised by Stern's actions on this one. Whether you like the guy or not, he has always taken a well-calculated and well-timed position where he can't possibly lose. This time, he has taken a position in haste that he can't possibly win. The bottom line argument comes down to people's health and well being vs League success. League success can not possibly win the popularity contest and further, the entire event may have actually made the NBA more exciting on this given evening. What is even more out of character for Stern was that he made the announcement preceding the game and not afterwards after accessing the possible damage if any.