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    Default David Stern Retires

    ...but in February 1, 2014

    Exactly 30 years from the day he took over from Larry O'Brien in a full circle manner.

    Right hand man Adam Silver takes over from there. Surely, Stern must take a lot of credit for his visionary awareness in the NBA's revival and growing popularity as a worldwide brand, though I despise the way how much he turned into a dictator in the last several years. Definitely among the greatest commissioners, if not the greatest.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/85...missioner-2014
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    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/ey...r-with-the-nba

    Maybe this timeline doesn't touch on some of the things he has said/done in the past few years but overall, he has been brilliant for the NBA.
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    I read elsewhere that AFTER the Jordan Bulls era and taking into account inflation, the average franchise value has experienced 350% value growth.


    Edit. Should clarify the above. The starting point of the 350% increase was after Jordan Bulls, up until present day.
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    It's an end of an era really.

    I wasn't much of a David Stern fan but he has been brilliant for the NBA.

    Will be a bit strange hearing someone else doing the draft when he retires.

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    We already do with Adam Silver steeping to the podium announcing the second round draft picks. Before him, it was Russ Granik in that job.
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    Let's see what David Stern has accomplished, at least had a hand, occureed under his watch, or observed in his 28+ years as NBA commissioner since taking over from Larry O'Brien on February 1, 1984. As I said when I wrote on the NBA on YouTube describing the classic 1984 NBA Finals, 1984 was a pivotal year for the NBA in many years. I personally believe Stern stayed a little too long despite his brilliance.

    POSITIVES

    --the brilliant marketing of NBA superstars, notably most Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O'Neal to name a few that brought greater array of fans and became crossover icons not just in North America but globally
    --changed the NBA playoff format with 8 teams per conference making it
    --struck a TV deal with Turner in 1984 to show NBA games at least twice weekly, starting in the 1984-85 season on Superstation WTBS (previously showed only Atlanta Hawks games before then) up to 2002 and then later TNT in 1988 after it hit scene, continuous partnership ever since with Turner Sports notably overseeing the NBA's digital realm and NBATV
    --creation of NBA TV, first of the top North American pro sports leagues to launch its own network, that allows greater access for the NBDL to be televised after its ESPN dropping, among other things
    --expansion into rising markets and tapping into the (mostly) rising Sun Belt demographics like Charlotte, Miami, Minneapolis, and Orlando in 1987
    --the new upscale arena explosion boom allowing NBA teams and the bells and whistles and to keep their revenues from luxury boxes, suites, and, in some cases, PSLs
    --expansion into Canada with Toronto and Vancouver coming into the league in 1995
    --NBA Draft Lottery, instead of the coin toss of the two worst teams facing it, to give teams that didn't make the playoffs a shot at the prized draft picks--since amended to allow the NBA's worst team to finish no lower than fourth in 1987, thinking it was unfair to go last like what happened to Golden St. did in 1985
    --building relationships with FIBA and its head Boris Stankovic after an icy period from its previous respective leaders and eventually becoming an undisputed power player in international basketball, paving the way for the McDonald's Open, talented young non-NCAA-based foriegn players efrom around the world entering the league enriching the sport (many becoming stars themselves), permitting NBA players to compete in the Olympics and FIBA World Championships--even a few non-North Americans are now becoming coaches themselves in the NBA and NBDL
    --two words: Dream Team
    --proliferation minority owners (like Bertram Lee and Peter Bynoe with Denver in 1989, Magic Johnson part-owner with NDCELE, and first Bob Johnson and now Michael Jordan currently with Charlotte Bobcats), executives (Wanye Embry, Billy King, Richard Cho, Isiah Thomas, Otis Smith, Stu Jackson), and coaches (Alvin Gentry, Erik Spoelstra, Mark Jackson, Dwayne Casey, Jim Cleamons, Keith Smart, Eddie Jordan, Darrell Walker, Paul Silas, Mike Brown)
    --overseeing the creation of and support to the WNBA at a time when there's great and deep women's basketball talent, making it the most successful and lengthy North American women's pro sports league not just in basketball, though it wasn't (and still isn't) without its growing pains
    --never forgetting his predecesor Larry O'Brien by naming the NBA trophy after him in 1984 and naming the NBA playoffs trophy after Bill Russell
    --greater prominence on overseas TV on its numerous sports networks
    --highly-regarded Internet and social networking presence worldwide for years
    --already mentioned here: the value of NBA franchises skyrocketed
    --NBA All-Star Weekend instead of just the centerpiece game itself becoming an star-studded weekend that expanded since Denver 1984
    --brought Charlotte back in the NBA in 2003
    --re-established a TV deal with ESPN and ABC, by then both were part of Disney's media empire, in 2002. ABC's first since 1973 and ESPN's since 1982-1984
    --stopped the Minnesota Timberwolves' proposed move to New Orleans in 1994
    --three refs in a game since 1988
    --hammering out with the late NBA Player's Association head Larry Fleichser a salary cap, later modified to include the "Larry Bird exemption rule", and unrestricted free agency that went into effect with Tom Chambers being the first UFA by leaving Seattle for Phoenix in 1988
    --proliferation of NBA teams being on regional cable sports networks, you know the Fox Sportses and the now-defunct Sportschannels of the world
    --reinvigorating NBA Entertainment
    --influence in USA Basketball's structure, not unexpected
    --expansion of categories of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for international and women and new Naismith building
    --its drug policy
    --NBA merchandise explosion and having its own NBA store in New York
    --NBA Jams, streetball's proliferation, and encouragment of 3x3 basketball around the world, spreading basketball's gospel


    NEGATIVES

    --becoming like a dictator in the last several years in power
    --three NBA lockouts all under his reign (actually 4, but the 1996 one actually lasted a few hours)
    --how the whole Vancouver experience went down starting with the no #1 pick restriction until 1999
    --encouraging and cheering on Clay Bennett and his fellow Oklahoma businessmen in purchasing and moving the bad-leased Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City, embittering Seattle to this day and leaving only Portland as the sole Pacific Northwest NBA outpost
    --proposing a World Cup of Basketball for NBA player and leaving the Olympics to U23s like FIFA does
    --very early on in his tenure, Stern tried and failed to stop Donald Sterling from moving the San Diego Clippers from moving up the coast to Los Angeles in 1984
    --the dress code
    --Phoenix Suns drug scandal (been going on well before Stern took over)
    --automatic one-game suspension towards anyone who leaves the bench. makes sense if you come out swinging but to help your players? no.
    --hiring a Republican strategist to make over the NBA's image in the eyes of the mainstream with several Republican-minded NBA owners after the Malice In The Palace like the dress code
    --the Microfiber basketball in 2007, the one Steve Nash said it "cut his hands" that bounced lower than the previous and returned standard and was more erratic and brought many complaints
    --prevented Howard Schultz in keeping the Seattle Supersonics
    --Stan Van Gundy apparent silencing for blasting Stern for subordinating the "minions"
    --quoting as saying that he "[knew] where the bodies are buried" in the NBA, because he had buried them himself during a NBA open meeting betwen players and owners at NBA All-Star weekend in LA.
    --conflict of interest with the NBA owning the New Orleans Hornets, particularly in the Chris Paul trade
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    As plenty of you basketball-loving fans out there know by now, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Joel Stern sadly died yesterday at the age of 77 right into the New Year and a new decade following a brain hemorrage on December 11. His death sent shockwaves around the sports world, needless to say, as a very powerful and towering longstanding figure in basketball worldwide. No doubt his impact and influence was undeniable and forever changed the NBA's fortunes to one of global prosperity after being in the low point when he inherited it in February 1984 during his 30-year reign:
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...-stern-dies-77

    There's so much to say about Stern and his rich legacy, which I'll discuss and still gather for very soon. Maybe tomorrow.
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    Only right and appropriate here that I would bring up David Stern's 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement speech with Bill Russell, Bird, Magic, Russ Granik, and Bob Lanier by his side. His speech was "for the game and about the game" that the NBA "wonderfully articulated [its] values together" with local communities, coaches, and players and dedicated to those who helped build and maintain the game. For any faults and issues he had as commissioner, Stern deeply respected and befriended basketball in all of its horizons. He was hardworking but grounded in giving credit to many others in the game who are just as hardworking like in his speech. He played an incredibly important role in saving the NBA from the doldrums in the 1970s and early 1980s to the spectacular growth, popularity, prosperity, and progressivism coinciding with the emergence of NBA superstars starting right after that. Never forget that:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT0ArFKNVmc (David Stern's Naismith career retrospective montage CO-hosted by Bill Russell, Magic, Larry Bird, MJ, Tim Duncan, Kobe, and LeBron)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjuJqR-UmS0
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    David Stern got his memorial service and celebration of his life and immeasurable legacy Tuesday at New York City's Radio City Music Hall with many NBA-related guests spanning the decades in attendance. Not that far away from his NBA headquarters office at the Olympic Tower. And several days before playing its first NBA regular season game in Paris, France:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...orial-service/
    https://www.nba.com/article/2020/01/...-service-story
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...-york-ceremony

    The international basketball governing body that's FIBA reflects seriously on David Stern's international basketball history and bond with it starting with a friendly and exploratory 1984 meeting FIBA head honcho the two built incredibly from there together like the McDonald's Open and the 1988 Atlanta Hawks' Soviet Union barnstorming to seeing 48 different nations repped in the NBA. Forever changing the world's basketball landscape we're now seeing with the Basketball Africa League:
    http://www.fiba.basketball/news/inte...us-david-stern
    http://www.fiba.basketball/news/ster...ball-landscape
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    If the news serves me right, the David Stern memorial service at the Radio City Music Hall filled with NBA legends and current NBA stars was private, so apparently there's no full event presentation of the service. Much less televised on NBA TV or ESPN or MSG Network. Couldn't find it on YouTube.

    Not to worry, I got two lengthy Sports Illustrated profiles on the late former NBA commissioner. The first one and easily one of my favo(u)rite SI articles of alltime comes from June 3, 1991 when Stern and the NBA as a whole were on the seemingly never-ending upward swing in growth, riches, global exposure and popularity from its downward spiral with him as a mastermind of that. Being hands on while taking things to a progressive direction. Having learned a lot from his New York-based deli store operating father. This article is especially noteworthy because this comes at a time when the major American-Canadian pro sports leagues were experiencing a boom with expansion to newer markets and newer media revenues like regional sports channels. Called From Corned Beef To Caviar from pages 111-127. He rightfully was the best commissioner in sports then. Never stopped reading it constantly back then:
    https://www.si.com/vault/issue/710977/115

    From the November 6, 2006 Sports Illustrated issue. Jack McCallum follows Stern on a five-game, eight-country, seven-day tour across Europe as its "alpha-male". Meeting various European basketball movers and shakers. Even took time to pay his respects to the late former Soviet basketball coach Alexander Gomelsky. And yes, he could act very forceful in negotiations equipped with attention to details even there. By then, he since got a security team in a clear sign of NBA's importance. Enjoyed reading this too after the release:
    https://www.si.com/vault/issue/729288/75
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    Recently two books surfaced that has David Stern all over it--and both center on the 1980s. One that I recently picked up in March and another that just got released last week I hope to also buy soon. Both also deal with that pivotal year that's 1984 for him.

    First one is From Hang Time To Prime Time, written by Pete Croatto, that I bought and is a great book where you can read how Stern helped build the NBA from his days as a lawyer to later his right hand man under his predecessor Larry O'Brien and really ran the league right before he actually became NBA commissioner on February 1, 1984. Set during the timeline from 1975 to 1991, Croatto's book catalouges the meteoric rise the NBA endured from an American pro sports afterthought to a powerful global sports influencer, mostly through business and behind-the-scenes angles.

    L. Jon Werthiem released Glory Days last week and will buy it next weekend. And this focuses that unforgettable sports summer in 1984 of already well-chronicled events from the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics to Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers winning their first Stanley Cup to that epic 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the NDCELE to the game-changing 1984 NBA Draft to the Chicago Cubs run to the MLB postseason as well as Prince's and Bruce Springsteen's collisions with sports (Prince actually played basketball in his high school). Stern was amazed at how things really changed and took off from 1984. Very US and Canadian-centric, so no Euro 1984 with Michel Platini nd France winning it as hosts.

    (Yes, Michael Jordan is a principal figure in both books too)

    Will discuss more about those two books very soon.
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