Follow The Leader: 3 Reasons Why David Stern Will Leave The NBA A Better PlaceBasketball, Lists, Steven LeBron, The Fam — By Steven LeBron on October 26, 2012 at 7:00 am
By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron
It was announced yesterday that David Stern will step down as commissioner of the NBA in 2014, passing on the position to Adam Silver as successor. When you’ve run a league for as long as Stern has, in a game with players as volatile and unpredictable as the NBA, there’s going to be a long list of positives and negatives. We’ll debate forever about the envelope that delivered Patrick Ewing to the Knicks, wonder whether Jordan retired on his own terms or was forced into a pseudo gambling suspension, but all conspiracies aside, this is truth: Stern will hand over to Silver a league that is thriving and more popular than ever. The challenge for Silver won’t be to revive a dying brand, but to just maintain the standards that Stern has set for the NBA. Below are some highlights I think are worth noting.