It only takes one

What David Stern's forward-thinking Vegas approach may mean down the road

Updated: December 16, 2009, 12:22 PM ET
By Chad Millman | ESPN The Magazine/Insider
Getty ImagesA forward-thinking man.

It only takes one.

Whenever I'm facing a pivotal life moment that is completely left in someone else's hands, that is the phrase I latch onto. Like when I was asking girls to the prom. Or when I was applying to college. Or when I desperately needed someone to buy my Manhattan apartment so I could actually pay for the house I had agreed to buy.

It only takes one.

Anyway, that was my first thought when I read NBA commissioner David Stern's comments about legalized sports betting in Ian Thomsen's story on last week. In case you missed it, Stern, while acknowledging that the league's current anti-gambling stance hasn't changed, said, "We have moved to a point where that leap is a possibility."

Seriously, right now, someone send Bernie Madoff down to check Satan's thermostat.