Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, Jan. 15 Edition: Where will Adam Silver be Hated First?

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Image.AdamSilverAdam Silver is a nice guy, or so I’ve come to believe.

There are those who will tell you the exact is opposite, but they say so in a whisper. They are not what is known in NBA headquarters as an FOA (Friend of Adam), and thus they fear and loathe him the same way so many basketball fans fear, loathe … and hate, yes hate, outgoing commissioner David Stern.

Fairly or unfairly, Stern has become a lightning rod for every grievance known to the casual and/or hardcore fan. And every time be makes a public appearance, they let him know how they feel.

In the history of sports, has any single person been booed with more lust, and more times, than Easy Dave?

Don’t think so.

So in one respect, Silver has things easy as he prepares to step into the top job at the NBA beginning next month.

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Schayes: End of an Era With David Stern Retiring

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dannyschayesAs 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.

UPDATE: Spurs rest Duncan and Ginobili but will not be fined

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The San Antonio Spurs are resting both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for Thursday night’s nationally televised road duncangame vs. the Golden State Warriors, initially putting themselves at risk of another six-figure fine from the NBA.

A release from Spurs media relations Thursday afternoon – titled an “injury report” – said both players were being held out of the game on TNT due to rest. It made no mention of injuries to either player.

The release also said guard Tony Parker would not play due to a bruised shin. That was announced earlier in the week, when the Spurs said Parker would miss at least two games with the injury and be re-evaluated prior to Saturday’s home showdown with Oklahoma City. 

Tweet of the Day: NBA, Players Remember Nelson Mandela

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Many amazing men have walked the earth having had a profound impact on the world with their lives. Men like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr.. Their deaths were monumental and the cause of grief to many.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela was instrumental in bringing about the end of Apartheid (racial segregation) and ushering in an era of ethnic equality in South African politics. His efforts earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Addressing his passing, United States President Barack Obama spoke to the press from the White House.

He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”

NBA Has Record 92 International Players, But Three All-American Teams

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stern-vegasWant to know what David Stern’s legacy will be? Just take a look at NBA rosters on Opening Night.

More than 20 years ago – when he was a relative pup as a commissioner – Stern worked with Russ Granik, USA Basketball and FIBA to clear the way for NBA players to play in the Olympics.

That led to the creation of the “Dream Team,” which, among others, featured the holy trinity of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Team USA won the 1992 Olympic gold medal, but more importantly, introduced the world to the NBA.