Sports Opinion & Analysis

Breaking: David Stern To Retire In 2014

In NBA on October 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

“I would like to effectively announcement my retirement…”

News just hit the interwebs that NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire from his post effective February 1, 2014. It will be the end of a twenty-year reign that oversaw the growth of the NBA from a podunk operation to an international obsession.

And while Stern can be credited with fostering an unprecedented age of prosperity for the league, his tenure will not be looked back upon without scandal or controversy. From allegations that Stern threw the 1985 NBA Draft, to allegations that he covered up referee misconduct (see Tim Donaghy), to allegations of big market favoritism, David Stern will not be missed by any fan of the NBA.

And while I wish Stern’s retirement will bring upon an era of parity in the league, it will be Stern’s protégée, Adam Silver, who will take over Stern’s Manhattan office.

“It is an honor and privilege to take over for my master, err, mentor, err, to be the new Commissioner.”

Just because Stern’s finally going to be gone, don’t get too excited NBA fans. The more things change in this league, they more they stay the same.

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