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David Stern will retire in 2014

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) October 25, 2012 Around the NBA, News 13 Comments

Adam Silver will finally have his chance to get booed during the first round of the NBA draft, because David Stern is quitting during the 2014 NBA season.

https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/261519960059281410

Stern said:

“The Board has selected Adam Silver to succeed me as NBA Commissioner, and I am very pleased with their choice,” Stern said in the email. “As you know, Adam is a world-class business executive who has influenced so many areas of our business during his 20-year tenure with the league, from television, to digital, to international, to merchandising, to sponsorships, to team business, to, of course, labor negotiations. I know that the organization will be in very good hands when Adam becomes Commissioner.”

2014 will be Stern’s 30th year at the NBA’s helm.  And while Stern has recently become quite vilified, he is very much responsible for the league’s resurgence from the depths of tape delayed playoff games.  Stern’s marketing savvy played up individuals, which began the prosperous explosion of NBA basketball.

However, Stern has long dealt with conspiracy theorists who think he rigged a draft for the Knicks to get Patrick Ewing, as well as various playoff games through referee manipulation.  And while none of this has ever been proven, a large percentage of NBA fans believe Stern pulls strings to get the results he wants.

In this “what have you done for me lately” world, Stern will leave the sport as a 70 year-old Montgomery Burns-esque villain… a man who locked out the league last year despite rising profits in an effort to make his billionaire buddies richer.  He has crafted the rules of the game to his liking, mostly by bullying changes through various channels.

At 70 years old, there’s little doubt that some of the game has passed him by, and that his tenure as commissioner is a bit past its expiration date.  But he is responsible for creating the very system he railed against during the lockout.  He bears a lot of responsibility for creating this multi-billion dollar global empire that he tried to rein in last summer.  When the final chapter is written, David Stern should be remembered for building the league up to its highest point, as well as for being the bully being booed off the stage one final time in 2014.

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  • DJisintheHall

    good riddance. I think Magic Vs Bird and MJ had a little to do with the NBA popularity.

    Id love to see the NBA refs get to the integrity level of NFL refs.

    add in instant replay (the scoreboard guys can get the play up in seconds why cant it be done?) , just make the right calls. People can live by being fairly, noone can live being cheated out of victory

    • LA Flake

      No kidding. He merely walked into The Golden Era of basketball. The whole Bird vs Magic thing with a brief appearance by the Bad Boys before MJ took over…That was just magical. But what could’ve been a truly great league has now turned into a situation where every fan doubts its credibility. That and that alone should completely define his legacy.

      But in addition to this huge loss of confidence, Stern has diluted the league’s value by expanding, into small markets no less, and created a situation that mirrors our society: a WIIIIIIIDE gap between the Haves and the Have-Nots.

      Stern should be remembered for fixed outcomes and every team that got robbed over the years. He should be remembered for the ownerless Hornets, the Chris Paul trade that wasn’t, every team in the red, Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics, the Donaghy scandal, meaningless All Star games, so on and so on.

      I hope to God this guy Silver will be better. But I doubt it.

  • Chulinho

    Is it Nov.1, 2014? Some other sites are saying it’s Feb. 1, 2014.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Feb. 1, 2014

  • Bean town

    I can’t wait for this guy to leave! He won’t let CP3 go to LA but he’ll allow LBJ to go anywhere along with whoever he wants! Last years ECF and The Finals I swear was rigged! LBJ got every single call he wanted! I swear he helped LBJ get his ring. The Celtics never get any love from te refs. Hell in the preseason game with Brooklyn, the Celtics got to the stripe 6 times as opposed to Brooklyn getting there like 36 or something crazy like that! Come on really?? He rules this league with an iron fist and when Tom Donaghy got busted it was an embarrassment! I don’t believe for 1 second that he was acting alone. These refs aren’t held to higher standards. NFL refs are real people not criminals like the NBA refs. Stern just takes a lot away from the NBA in letting things play out. I swear he picks his teams and tells the officials how its gonna be and how to call it when it gets down to the postseason. Good riddance!!! 2014 can’t come quick enough!

  • really?

    “And while none of this has ever been proven”

    There is soooo much video evidence that says otherwise.

    So glad this tool is leaving. However, he was just a front man for the billionaires and doing what he was told. Now he is being replaced by another front man, so we won’t see any changes.

  • joseph

    YES

  • frickenWaaaltaaah

    I disagree that Stern saved the NBA. He has never been shy about taking the credit, but was mostly just lucky.

    Magic vs Bird started in the NCAA. So unless draft fixing has been going on longer than even the Ewing legend, i.e. unless Stern put Magic on the Lakers and Bird on the Celtics, he didn’t have much to do with it.

    People also tend to forget that cable TV showed up at about the same time. Networks would show movies or old TV shows instead of sports because they were cheap and had broader appeal. Cable meant more space on the dial and cable channels would now show those cheap movies and old shows. One thing networks did was turn to pro sports as a way to set themselves apart from low budget cable channels.

    And then just when it had gotten people’s attention, Michael Jordan showed up.

    I guess some of the inside story will come out someday, but for now I think he was a competent businessman who got lucky and did an ok job managing all the money coming in, but it still went to his head.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Bird & Magic were already superstars…5 years into their NBA careers….by the time Stern became commissioner.

      • LAF

        that doesn’t mean stern can’t take credit for the bird-magic era. /sarc off

      • frickenWaaaltaaah

        True, but he didn’t start at the top. From the wiki on Stern:

        “His first association with the NBA in 1966 was as an outside counsel at Proskauer Rose.

        In 1978, Stern became the NBA’s General Counsel under Larry O’Brien. By 1980, he was Executive Vice President of the NBA.”

        Looking a little more now, he had even less of a business background than I’d always assumed. He’s like 120% lawyer.

  • Lakerhater

    Has he stopped beating his wife yet?

  • OlSkool

    Darth Stern will never truly leave the NBA while he’s still alive. He’ll still be behind the scenes pulling strings.