Thursday , Sep , 06 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Should The NBA Fire David Stern & Hire Magic Johnson or Bryan Colangelo As Commissioner?

Commissioner David Stern knows the process. Star player gets older and loses a step. The team replaces the aging star with a younger player. He has seen this happen hundreds of times.

But what happens when the NBA’s boss of all bosses loses a step? What happens when Commissioner Stern starts to stumble? Who makes the decision to replace him? …

Commissioner David Stern knows the process. Star player gets older and loses a step. The team replaces the aging star with a younger player. He has seen this happen hundreds of times.

But what happens when the NBA’s boss of all bosses loses a step? What happens when Commissioner Stern starts to stumble? Who makes the decision to replace him?

This is a valid question. TV ratings are down. Fair or not, some believe the NBA has an image problem. And many find the business of the NBA, specifically the draft and trade deadline, more interesting than the league’s biggest games.

Commissioner Stern’s response to these issues has left much to be desired. He claims TV ratings are meaningless because nba.com is thriving. He believes a dress code will solve the league’s image issues. And he ruins the NBA’s most entertaining playoff series by unfairly suspending Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw.

Then Tim Donaghy hit primetime. An NBA ref gambling on games compromises the integrity of the sport. And Commissioner Stern might not be the guy to restore what has been lost. So who could replace Stern as commissioner?

Bryan Colangelo and Magic Johnson are options. Colangelo, Toronto‘s current GM, has succeeded at everything he has ever done. He’s bright. He’s got a business background. And he’s got loads of front office experience. Colangelo also looks good on TV and can work the media.

Magic is more than a name. He’s also a great business man. His charm could win over new fans and help the league reconnect with older crowds who have tuned out the NBA. The only concern is Johnson’s health, which we don’t hear much about.

David Stern has had a great run. But NBA owners have no problem replacing players, coaches, and GMs. They should consider replacing their commissioner.

Do you think the NBA should fire Commissioner Stern? Who should replace him? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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