The Yao Rules

In the National Basketball Association, Commissioner David Stern fined Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy $100,000 for saying that the referees were “harder” on his star center, Yao Ming, because of complaints about officiating by Mark Cuban, the high-profile owner of the rival Dallas Mavericks. Preferential treatment of star players is the unofficial but completely obvious modus operandi of the NBA, and has been since the halcyon days of “Magic and Larry.” Van Gundy is being fined more than what most people earn in a year not because what he said is so outlandish, but because it is so plausible.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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