Report: David Stern Announces Retirement
On Thursday NBA commish David Stern announced he is stepping down.
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Stern’s retirement from his current role of NBA commissioner takes effect on February 1st, 2014 which will mark 30 years of him being the commissioner. His replacement will be current Deputy Comissioner Adam Silver, who has been a staple of any NBA function for the last six years when he first began work with the league.
During his tenure, Stern guided the league to unprecedented revenue generation thanks to TV deals and the expansion of the league to a worldwide audience. But Stern’s work with the NBA started even further back than 30 years ago.
In 1966 after getting his law degree from Columbia Law School, Stern was hired as the leagues outside counsel. In 1978 he was hired by then NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien as the league’s General Counsel. In 1980, O’Brien promoted him to Executive VP of the NBA.
During his time as commissioner he oversaw the expansion of the NBA to include six new teams (Hornets, Timberwolves, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Raptors, and Bobcats), the creation of the WNBA, and guided the league through four separate lockouts.
Of course with any tenure that lasts 30 years, there were several controversial issues that Stern found himself in the middle of. Of course, who could ever forget the 1985 NBA Draft and the fabled "frozen envelope" conspiracy that saw New York eventually get the rights to Patrick Ewing. Another issue that Stern caught a lot of flak for was the institution of the NBA’s "Dress Code Policy", which forced players to maintain a certain standard of dress. His most recent controversy was blocking a trade that would have sent then Hornets guard Chris Paul to the Lakers and involving himself personally more than many people thought he should have.
Whether you liked him or hated him, Stern will be gone in just about 15 months.
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