Bryant Gumbel invoked race in a televised editorial on the NBA's strained labor talks, likening league Commissioner David Stern to a "plantation overseer." Gumbel ended Tuesday's edition of HBO's "Real Sports" by taking aim at Stern, who he said is to blame for the lockout that threatens the entire season. He said Stern's "disdain for the players" is "pathetic." "But his efforts were typical of a commissioner, who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys," Gumbel said. "Its part of Sterns M.O. Like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how hes the one keeping the hired hands in their place." Bryant Gumbel Calls NBA Commish "Plantation Overseer" | NBC New York tsk tsk tsk! Plantation owner! do Plantation owners pay their "slaves" million of dollars? Thes plantations have come a long way baby.