While David Stern believed it was best for the stars of the NBA to stay in their original markets and the CBA has incentivized that to a certain degree, he did object to the attitude of fans about players actually having the choice to leave as a free agent.

“I don’t like what’s coming out now from fans, as though they believe in indentured servitude,” Stern told Ethan Strauss.

Players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have received widespread criticism for their decisions in free agency.