David Stern doesn't like the pregame pyrotechnics.
"It may be that these are the maniacal rantings of a fan from a different era, and I recognize that, but you know I'm sitting there waiting for the next cannon to go off, and then the fire heats up the arena so the temperature in the arena rises by 15 degrees — that's if you can see it because you're still waiting for the smoke, which is chemical, to clear, which is invariably done by the end of the half," 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 It makes me sort of outdated, but I think it's time for us to say, 'Hey guys, let's look at it one more time,'"
Look… what fan doesn't want to sit there, sip on his tea, peer through his monocle and make quiet remarks that are barely audible over the squeaks of the sneakers?
Certainly not these fans. I'm sure all the screams you hear during the pyrotechnics are wails of fear.