NBA – The End of the David Stern Era
David Stern will retire Saturday after being the commissioner of the NBA for the past 30 years. The 71-year-old son of a New York deli owner revitalized the NBA with business and marketing moves that took full advantage of the skills of such stars as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James.
“This has been a great run,” Stern said. “I’ve had a lot of fun.”
Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale said: “I told him the other day, I said you talked about the NBA becoming a global game and everything years ago and I was like, ‘Nah, we’re not going to become a global game. This is an American game.’ ”
Stern has made NBA games a very hip place to be. Sitting courtside at NBA All-Star games is a staple for the rich, the beautiful and the famous.
Stern hasn’t said what he plans to do, beyond that he will keep working. He wouldn’t even allow the word “retire” to appear in the October 2012 statement announcing his plans to step down, because that would imply he was going to be inactive.
He’ll probably end up visiting China, India, or someplace else he sees potential for even more growth for the NBA.
“Right now I have decidedly refrained from making plans. I think on Feb. 2 I’m still going to be taking all of the junk that I moved out of my office and deciding how much of it to keep, how much of it to dump on Adam’s doorstep and how much to throw out, so I’ve got a fair amount of work to do, and I’m planning to do some skiing before I get to that, and then we’ll see.” — Stern, at his final news conference.
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