“Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss“…For those NBA observers that hoped once NBA Commissioner David Stern retires, the Association would have new leadership; you are out of luck. Thirty years after Stern became the game’s chief executive, he will step down from his post in February of 2014, according to a report from “NBA.com“. The Commissioner succeeded Larry O’Brien on February 1, 1984 and he announced at a Thursday meeting of the NBA Board Of Governors, his plans of retiring. Stern, has indicated that Deputy-Commissioner Adam Silver, will take over the reins of power, when the 70-year-old executive steps down.
Stern took over a game that was on the rise, when he first assumed the post; after years of chaos during the seventies, the NBA became hot again, mainly due to the rivalry of two players; Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics. Soon a third player, Michael Jordan was put into the mix and the Association, attained its highest attendance and TV ratings in the history of the NBA.
The Commissioner was a visionary in may ways, as he turned the Association into a Global enterprise; marketing to fans across the planet. He capitalized on the attention that the 1992 “Dream Team” commanded and built on it, expanding the fan base throughout Europe and Asia. The NBA now plays preseason and regular season contests in countries outside North America.
Stern also presided over some very contentious times, as the Association went through two work-stoppages during his tenure. Although it took a long while for the game to bounce back from the first Lockout, popularity for the sport did not wane after last year’s incident. Although there were only 66 games played in the regular season, which started on Christmas Day, attendance and ratings went up last year.
Silver played a prominent role during last year’s Lockout and seems to be of the same school of thought as his long-time mentor. With the change of power occurring in February of 2014, the NBA might decide to make the switch during All-Star Weekend, which will be held in New Orleans, that year.