If the clock is turned back, he said, the league still needs to find a way to create more plays during games.
It is something the league needs to consider given the rash of bad calls that have ended games this season.
"They give us a quality every league needs to have," he said.
"I think the league needs to address this situation regarding guys taking hard fouls."
If not, the league always needs a few hateable characters.
Stern said on Monday that the league would need to have a deal in place thirty days before any games could start being played.
There will most likely be some owners and others who feel the league needs to take stronger measures.
For simple economic reasons, the league needs high-profile players in its major markets.
That's what this league needs more than ever now.
For its eight teams, the league needs 96 players.