Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 11:55 am  |  14 responses

David Stern vs. Some Contractor

The commish is waging a battle on the homefront, quite literally. The NY Post has the details: “NBA Commissioner David Stern — a master negotiator who works with billion-dollar collective-bargaining agreements — is fighting with some pesky contractors who want more money for work on the expansion of his Scarsdale home. Stern, a lawyer who’s credited with turning the NBA into the model for professional-sports marketing, is said to earn $10 million a year. When a next-door neighbor put his house on the market last year, Stern and his wife, Linda, bought it with plans to tear it down and expand their property. Anthony Lanza of Pat Lanza Construction, who was hired to demolish the house, is demanding $14,000 in addition to a contract they signed for $114,306. But Stern isn’t budging and told Lanza to get a lawyer — which he did, although no lawsuit has yet been filed. ‘Mr. Lanza performed poorly but was fully compensated,’ Stern told Page Six. ‘He tried to get more money out of me that he’s not entitled to.’ Meanwhile, environmental analyst John Griffin this week filed a small-claims suit against Stern for $4,005 for asbestos testing on his property. ‘They haven’t paid me a nickel,’ Griffin told Page Six. But Stern says he’s not paying Griffin for the work because Lanza didn’t consult him about the hire. ‘That’s between Mr. Griffin and Pat Lanza Construction,’ he said.”

(H/T: PBT)

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well if they signed for a certain amount then they should honor it, instead of asking for more. Couldn’t Stern just find someone else worth hiring?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I hope no one outside the situation can honestly say they care about any of this.

  • Kendrick is God

    very interesting stuff!

  • http://chrisyeh.blogspot.com Chris Yeh

    Damn, Stern is a big pimp even in his private life. That man is God.

  • Fat Lever

    “Mr. Jerome James performed poorly but was fully compensated”. There, I fixed it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Stern fined them and suspended the contractors for 2 games.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Something tells me Billy Hunter is getting a good laugh out of this.

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    Enigmatic: Are you kidding me? Stern makes 10 million a year but wont fork out 14k in something he finds “unwarranted.” Billy Hunter is SH*TTING himself over this.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    When you put it that way, Jukai, I guess you’re right. That would be a scary dude to have to negotiate with.

  • rav

    some cheap and nasty free publicity for the company

  • total scrotal implosion

    How do you say ‘drop in the bucket’ in yiddish?

  • MikeC.

    This is Stern’s version of a layup line warmup drill before the big game of CBA negotiating.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Don’t be surprised if this contractor comes up mysteriously missing. Stern’s goons got goons, word to Plies

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ MikeC.