Holler Back: David Stern Stepping Down As NBA Commissioner Feb. 1, 2014
In what was suppose to be a press conference by the NBA Board of Governors announcing the sale of the Memphis Grizzlies, it was announced that NBA Commissioner David Stern will be stepping down from his duties on Feb. 1, 2014.
Stern will be replaced by current Deputy Commissioner and NBA COO Adam Silver will replace Stern as as NBA Commissioner following his resignation.
During his first official statement after being named Commissioner-elect, Silver promised to try and continue to build on the legacy and imprint that Stern has left, and with a 20+ year relationship in the NBA, with the last 6 as Stern’s proverbial assistant pimp, Silver seems like a solid choice.
Although Silver is Stern’s choice to succeed him, he still must be approved by the NBA Board of Governor’s in a meeting in April, all signs indicate that it will be a smooth transition.
Stern took over as NBA Commissioner in 1984 and the commencement of his duties is exactly 30 years to the day that arguably the most influential figure the League has ever known, led the NBA into the 21st Century.
Stern said that the 30 year mark seemed fitting for his retirement, with 1 year being represented for each team in the NBA.