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David Stern To Step Down As NBA Commissioner In February 2014

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:




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?

  • CelticsBIG3

    I'd say thank God, but his lackey Adam Silver will probably just take over.

  • noche

    Interesting, so does Stern get to name his replacement or do the owners get to decide? All-in-All probably good for the NBA to get a new decision maker.

    I have no idea how Brian Windhorst has a job at ESPN, he's the worst.

  • Mark

    The ONLY reason Stern hung around 30 years was to set the "record" for commissioners. Had the players union had competent leadership — you can read that as ANYONE not named Billy Hunter — Stern would have been forced out long ago.

    Good riddance.

    • Jamie

      That tells you all you need to know about the ego of Czar Stern

    • kg215

      Well put. Billy Hunter is a joke, who has been outdone and embarrassed by Stern for years. You would think the players or their agents would push for someone intelligent and capable to offset Stern when it comes to things like the CBA. Instead they get an opportunist who is a lot more interested in maintaining his own status/wealth as well as nepotism.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Now along with the lack of content on this website, I have to deal with a Head and Shoulders advertisement bar at the bottom of the page?

  • check12check

    It was a good day

  • yeah

    Hearing he is retiring for "basketball reasons"

  • Dan

    Are you guys kidding? Stern was the best!

    Look at any of the other leagues and tell me you'd prefer Goodell, Bettmen or Selig.

  • High Rollers

    With Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy plus nor’easter) on the horizon, do you think the C’s will get stuck in Miami?

    Seriously, thoughts and prayers to all you East Coasters through whatever Mother Nature whips up.

  • yeah

    Omg Delonte West waived


    I want Delonte West back

  • I_Love_Green

    Funny how much people hate on Stern. I do think it's time for him to step down, but he was a great commissioner. Its his time, but lets not ignore the great things he's done for the league.

  • Brian V.

    Stern was NOT successful, let's not get it twisted. He is responsible for the NBA in unprecedented financial failure to the tune of billions, yes BILLIONS. He should have been fired a long time ago – ask yourselves, what same company, LLC, publicly owned or not keeps a CEO that loses billions annually for them?


  • Why he is going to be step down in the next coming years.please let me know more information about this.I hope, he is all right.

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