While in camp with the Pacers, I still kept a journal of my experience, took pictures during our trips and used my personal gift from David Stern (a Flip camera that everyone got) to record plenty of video.
— BDL's Too Much Rod Benson column is back up now that Rod Benson is back in the D-League, but even more than his talking about training camp or the video of him in China and Taiwan with the Pacers, the line above stuck out to me, for two reasons: 1.) The NBA was figuring out its social media policy, and ended up cracking down somewhat, at the same time it was handing out cameras for guys to take pictures and record video, theoretically to post online? Is that not a mixed message? 2.) Those phones may themselves have been "donated" from the company, but if the league paid for them, couldn't that money have gone towards narrowing the gap in what the refs wanted and what the league wanted to give them? I know the impasse was about more than just money, but for the league to be handing out cameras at the same time it's calling for fiscal prudence on some level strikes me as, again, a mixed message. Or am I making too much of this?