As we approach February and the 2014 All Star Weekend, the league will approach a milestone that for the vast majority of NBA players, fans, and executives will represent uncharted waters .. . the great unknown.
David Stern will not be the commissioner.
As Stern retires after serving a 30-year term as commissioner, the game as we know it today is largely a product of his influence.
Stern took over as commissioner when Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuon entered the league and Bird/Magic was pushing the popularity of the league out of the dark ages.
With the league being a global juggernaut it is hard to remember back to the days when the Finals were not shown live on network television, the league only had 23 teams, and people remembered which franchises came over from the ABA.
Forget Hi-def, we’re talking black and white.