Know your natural disaster.
NBA Commissioner David Stern didn't Tuesday night while addressing the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena before the Miami Heat received their 2012 NBA championship rings. Stern, who recently announced he will step down in 2014, wished well for all those suffering in the wake of "Hurricane Katrina"
There is a powerful storm moving up the East Coast. Its name is Sandy.
Stern's full quote: "Before we begin, I know that everyone here and around America watching has in their thoughts and in their abiding concerns those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. That said, we have a celebration tonight."
Katrina, of course, lead to massive flooding in New Orleans in 2005. Stern knows this; the storm forced the New Orleans Hornets to relocate temporarily to Oklahoma City, which helped set up the Seattle Supersonics' transition into the Oklahoma City Thunder and led to the Hornets briefly being owned by the league.
Innocent mistake, sure. But the NBA offices are based in New York, so it's an unfortunate slip of tongue.
Twitter exploded with reaction to Stern's mistake, as it always does when someone makes a mistake. A sampling:
NBA comedy account @Courtside: "I bet David Stern yells out his mistress's name in bed."
Palm Beach Post columnist @EthanJSkolnick: "Stern just referred to the tragedy of "Hurricane Katrina" and its aftermath. Well, the man is retiring."
Fox Sports Southwest columnist @ArtGarcia92: "Stern has moved the Hornets back to OKC. Sorry, Thunder fans. #katrina"
But Stern wasn't the only one to misspeak during the season openers. TNT analyst Charles Barkley, always good for a malapropism or two made perhaps a funnier mistake.
"You know, that's actually a great comparison: the great power forward ever (Tim Duncan) and the Unabomber," Barkley said, referring to Wednesday's San Antonio Spurs-New Orleans Hornets game.
"Unibrow," fellow analyst Kenny Smith corrected after a laugh, noting Hornets rookie Anthony Davis' nickname. Davis doesn't kill, he blocks shots.
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