A 30-year reign over one of America’s top sports leagues will be enough for David Stern, as the commissioner announced this afternoon he will be stepping down from his post, effective February 1, 2014. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver, as expected, will take over the duties as the top dog in the league, after the move was approved by the NBA League of Governors this afternoon, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.Here’s more:
Stern, 70, has been the NBA’s commissioner since Feb. 1, 1984. Last December, when a new collective bargaining agreement was announced, he predicted it would be the final labor deal before he steps down.
“This is a 10-year (labor) deal, with a reopener at six,” Stern said at the time, explaining that either the owners or the players’ union can opt out after six seasons. “I’m not planning to be here certainly for the 10 and probably not the six.”
Some quotes from Stern and Silver on his tenure ending, as well as additional reaction after the jump:
David on end of his commish reign: “I’m looking forward to doing some other things. I’m stepping down, not retiring.” #SternVanGundy2016
— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) October 25, 2012
Stern: “I decided that things are in great shape and there’s an organization in place.”
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 25, 2012
Adam Silver: “(Stern) has set the standard for all commissioners.”
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 25, 2012
I guess that final point is a good jumping off point here. In what was no doubt a successful tenure as a commissioner, David Stern did hit a number of rocky patches over his final 5-10 years on the job. With that in mind, are you happy to see the commish ride off into the sunset in 2014, or will you miss the man that brought order and immense growth to the NBA as a whole over the last 30 years?