Stern: My Resume Success Outweighs Mistakes
Commissioner David Stern believes he is leaving the NBA in great shape and in great hands in looking back on his nearly 30-year tenure as the league’s boss. Speaking before what will be his final NBA lottery, the 70-year-old Stern admitted Tuesday he has made some mistakes in running the league but noted that not every decision has a happy ending.
“After 30 years as commissioner and 36 years as an NBA employee and 48 years of having worked with the NBA, to turn the reins over to someone who has worked closely with me through the years and to have a seasoned executive like Adam Silver couldn’t make me happier,” Stern said.
Stern has some negatives on his resume including a couple of work stoppages, Seattle’s loss of a franchise and other money-losing ventures.
“Yes, I wish every incident had a happy ending, but there are some unhappy endings and some where one party is happy and another isn’t,” Stern said. “I was thinking about this, there have been plenty of things I wish I had a do-over on.”
Stern said the initial model for the WNBA — NBA teams owned the franchises — was a mistake. He also said the D-League is “chugging” and the league’s decision to open offices internationally was a mistake.
via Associated Press