Looks like the big NBA news of the day is David Stern’s announcement that he will step down effective February 1st, 2014. Adam Silver will be set to take over at that time, and all will be well in the NBA. Looking over his career as commissioner, Stern does deserve credit for expanding the game of basketball. There are so many fans across the world that’s it is amazing to think how far this league has come.
Sure there will be some fans who are applauding this and saying good riddance. For me as a fan, I never cared either way about the commissioner. My job as a fan is to support my team the Indiana Pacers. Sure there were probably times that Stern did something that bugged me, like the Jim Rome incident. But in the long run, what does that mean for the Pacers? Nothing at all. He might have seemed like he was for the big market teams, but the Pacers were successful in the 1990′s and they look to be getting back around now.
He will definitely leave a legacy, and I can’t imagine he’s not one of the better commissioners the NBA has seen. Adam Silver has been Deputy Commissioner under Stern, so I imagine he’ll be the best fit for this job. Stern will get to enjoy the retired life and Silver will get to run one of the major sports. It’s a great time to be a NBA fan as there are teams out there that are exciting and fun to watch.
There’s the Heat that most people want to see lose, so if a team can beat them, that could get them some support. You have a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder with a group of young players, such as Kevin Durant who go out and play the right way. You have a team like the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets with no big superstar, but still a team effort that can carry them far.
You have this young talent with Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, who look to make that next step up to the elite level. There’s always Lebron James trying to take over Michael Jordan’s spot. That might not happen, but it could be fun to watch what James can do next to elevate his game any higher. David Stern will leave this league in a good place, and he’s earned the respect of the NBA for that.