One of which is who will be elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Silver became the NBA’s fifth commissioner on Saturday. He follows David Stern, whose 30 years as the league’s top executive likely will be unmatched by anyone in any sport.
Silver begins his term without facing a major problem that needs immediate fixing or a hot-button issue that requires immediate attention. With TV contracts running through 2016, labor peace assured until at least 2017 and most of the top stars in their 20s, the NBA is not unlike a car in one of those 24-hour rallies.
You could be forgiven for not thinking too much about basketball today. With the Super Bowl taking all of the sports-related attention, and only one game (and that Orlando-Boston) on the schedule, it’s one of the quietest days of the NBA season, right up there with Christmas Eve.
I, on the other hand, would not be forgiven if I didn’t think too much about basketball, because it’s my job to bring you the latest news from around the NBA every weekend. There’s not a ton of breaking stuff today, for the aforementioned reasons, but there’s some really good writers weighing in on some of the recent hot topics. And also the trade deadline is less than three weeks away, so it’s about time to start getting hyped about that.
On to the news:
David Stern called it quits today.
Over 30 years and billions of dollars later, it’s hard to deny the impact he had on the NBA.
Stern grew the league to new heights. When he became commissioner in 1984, annual revenue of the league was $165 million, today it’s more than $5.5 billion. When he started, the average player salary was a mere $290,000, currently it’s $5.15 million.
He had help along the way. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James don’t exactly hurt the business. But of course, there were still obstacles he had to face.
During his tenure there were four lockouts, six franchise relocations, and millions of dollars in questionable fines handed out to players, coaches and executives around the league.
As of Feb. 1, the Stern era is no longer. The basketballs that read “David Stern” will be replaced and new commissioner Adam Silver will take over.
Maybe it was time for a change.
Stern is hated in Seattle, loved in Oklahoma, respected in New Orleans, and booed at every NBA draft. But each year the league keeps growing and he was a major reason why.
Hate him or love him, this man grew our great game to unimaginable levels.
At the very least, we owe him a thank you.
Folks from around the NBA world chimed in on the retirement and gave their well wishes to Stern.
— David Robinson (@DavidtheAdmiral) February 1, 2014
Great job by Ernie Johnson & @NBATV for David Stern: 30 Years.
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) February 1, 2014
— Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50) February 1, 2014
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 31, 2014
Celebrating the commissioners final day in the office. Yes we are.. CLOSE friends http://t.co/tofzTAHwnJ
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 31, 2014
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