Retiring NBA Commissioner David Stern Reflects on His 30-Year Tenure

January 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Legendary New York sportscaster Len Berman sits down with retiring NBA Commissioner David Stern.

I first met David Stern before he became the commissioner of the NBA. We were guests of CBS at the U.S Open. It entitled us to seats in the nosebleed section. I’m guessing it’s the last time he ever sat so far away from the action.

In 1983 he was named commissioner of a far different NBA than the one we know today. It was even considered a fledgling league when compared with football and baseball. In the 30 years under his leadership, the value of his teams has soared. And his players, coaches and even some of the owners have become international stars.

In short, Stern is not only the longest running commissioner of any major U.S. sports league in history, but he is also one of the most successful. February 1st marks the transition. His deputy Adam Silver takes over the reins. Talk about large shoes to fill.

But before Stern stepped away from the limelight, he sat down with me for a MetroFocus interview.

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