The NBA Under David Stern

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NBA commissioner David Stern is retiring on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver will replace him. Here is a look at some of the NBA's biggest developments under Stern. Stern, the son of a New York deli owner, was named commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. The fourth man to hold the post (after Maurice Podoloff, J. Walter Kennedy and Larry O'Brien), the league's former general counsel and executive vice president soon earned a reputation as the best of the bunch and arguably as the top commissioner in pro sports. ''Nobody, including me, envisioned that this young, bright attorney would have such marketing genius,'' Washington owner Abe Pollin tells Sports Illustrated back in 1991.

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