A lockout. A finalized labor agreement. A trade denied. A commissioner's thank you letter to the fans of the sport he oversees. Thankfully for everyone involved, the last item on the previous list brings clarity to the whole mess thanks to the new Between The Lines functionality, which presents (in parentheses and italics) those thoughts that are meant, but not expressed. In the new Google redesign, it's a hard-to-find button nestled amongst all of the personal settings, but it sure does reveal a lot when it comes to the email I received this week from the silver haired (and silver tongued) David Stern, the entirety of which is included below.
Many thanks to SgtinManusArmy, DrumsInTheDeep, and CapHill for assistance in putting this together.