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Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:26 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 7:36 pm
An NBA world without David Stern is an NBA world tough to picture. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

David Stern has made it pretty clear that the end is near for him in the commissioner's seat. He stressed at All-Star Weekend that he would not be around for the next collective bargaining agreement, whether that comes in 10 years, or six.

But as for how soon? Maybe just two seasons from now, reports the New York Daily News:
Insiders say that David Stern is planning to tell NBA owners at their April Board of Governors meeting that he’s good for two more seasons, and that he’ll step down as commissioner then. “At one point, he had talked about doing it for one more season, but it looks now like two more,” said a league source. League suits say there probably won’t even be a search conducted to find a successor and that deputy commissioner Adam Silver is a lock to succeed Stern, with one source saying Stern’s lieutenant has the backing of almost 90% of the owners. All he needs is a simple majority.
Stern has almost been as much a constant in the NBA as the basketball itself. He's been around for 27 years since taking over for Larry O'Brien in 1984. To think of the league without him is, well, strange.

He's likely ready to go. He at least sort of seems prepared for it. He emphatically endorsed deputy commissioner Adam Silver in Orlando and really appeared completely at ease with passing the torch.

But it's the sort of thing where you believe it when you see it. Stern's been at this a long time and has probably been planning his exit route for a while. He wants to make sure the game is as healthy as it can possibly be when he hands the keys to the big car to Silver. With a new CBA in place, Stern is going to be sure that the game is in a great place.

Whenever it happens, he's going to leave behind quite a legacy. Which he should over 27 years. He's always been considered one of, if not the best commissioner in sports history, and once he finally leaves his post, we'll all spend plenty of time evaluating that I'm sure. As for Stern, he put it simply this year in Oklahoma City how he wanted to be remember: "Both teams played hard," he said.
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Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:29 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

NOOOOOOO! da only sport i like NBA basketball. it wouldnt be the same without david stern. sad. well i cant watch if there is no david stern. memories will be gone oh no!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:56 am

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

So Stern has done a lot for the league, I do not want to diminish his accomplishments.  It is hard to hold him up at this point, he is like the aging verteran that held on one too many years before hanging them up.  He has clearly lost control of the league and has also started to use questionable judgment in many cases.  He lacks bias as a commissioner that owns a team, hard to serve both interests fairly.
With all the good he did in the 80's and 90's, it will forever be overshadowed by his lack of control and self serving decisions since the turn of the century.  At this point, I say...farewell and hope the product of the NBA can be what it was, great.  Not just a money maker, which is important, but one that also has integrity and compassion and athletes that are not glorified cons.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:24 am

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

Stern made the most of the "Golden Era" when the Magic's Lakers and Bird's Celtics saved the game. Then Jordan came. Explosion. Kobe and Shaq also helped quite a bit.

Now it has become a circus of a hype machine that has to pump up every decent player to the point that it becomes a joke. Looks more like a streetball game, too. I guess it's a video game world.

Stern maximized what he had, so he deserves credit for that. He hasn't handled the challenges as well as he's managed the bounties that fell into his lap. It's probably time for a new captain to steer the ship.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:34 am

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

so the old man gets to continue to ruin the game of basketball for 2 more years?  hahaha

and hey people, not to get politcal, but geezers like this stay in office way too long.  if all these millionaire geezers finally stepped down, our economy would sky-rocket.  imagine how many opportunities that would open up!  

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:16 pm
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:41 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

David Stern is a businessman. As CEO of the NBA he has created immense value for his owners. The LAL fans especially do not like the Chris Paul trade veto and it is understandable. That would have been one of the most one-sided trades in basketball history. It is really frustrating to see a cop show up just when you are poised to scoop the loot into the bag.

But the legacy of a commissioner is based upon his financial returns. Yes, there was a lockout this year. And based on several stories here the viewership is higher than ever and merchandise sales are at record levels. So apparently Stern has done his job. This year's CBA did not get all that Stern wanted. It omitted several competitive issues that would have helped level the field. But it also puts a premium on salary cap management after next year. Buying a championship is going to get much harder to do. I don't have to like David Stern to respect him. I do respect him and believe that he has done a great job.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:43 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

the sooner the better.....he has turned the NBA into the WWF.  First order of business of the new commissioner has to be addressing NBA officiating in a meaningful way (as Stern should have done years ago).

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:46 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

Stern has pretty much accomplished everything he could have wanted during his "successful" career. He's old. I feel about Stern kinda the same way I feel about G.W.Bush- he (blank)ed things up, and got out intact. And that's that.  Before Seattle gets a new team, please wait until Stern is gone. I don't want him to be any part of bringing a team back here. Once he's gone, I think I will be OK with it.  Plus, it might actually be fun to watch Adam Silver (Stern Jr) run the league into the ground. I believe that it is possible to bring the NBA past the suck point of no return. And Silver may just be the guy to do it.  

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:17 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

He should have been gone, two more years is to much to ask.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:22 pm

Report: David Stern done after two more seasons

Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye. I wonder if Adam Silver is bad enough to keep up the NBA's title of worst commissioner in sports.

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