by Marcel Mutoni

I haven’t found myself in agreement with many of D-Stern’s policy decisions over the last few years. The dress code fiasco, for example; the attempted elimination of any and all hard fouls (especially in the postseason) is another.

The commish’s latest crusade, though, makes total sense and has my full support.

“I’m going to get in trouble for this, but I think they’re ridiculous. I think the noise, the fire, the smoke is a kind of assault that we should seriously consider reviewing in whether it’s really necessary given the quality of our game,” Stern said.

“But I always bite my tongue because I’m not the demographic that wants to be assaulted by loud rap, smoke, pyrotechnics and chemicals. It makes me sort of outdated, but I think it’s time for us to say, ‘Hey guys, let’s look at it one more time,’” he said

Hear hear!

You practically need to bring along a set of ear plugs when attending an NBA game these days. Artificial noise doesn’t create atmosphere in a sports arena; if anything, it completely takes it away. Here’s to hoping that Stern’s annoyance with the whole thing will lead to some changes.