NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – NBA Commissioner David Stern will step down from his post in February 2014 multiple media outlets are reporting. Stern’s retirement plans were revealed to NBA executives Thursday.
Stern has served as NBA Commissioner since 1984, making him the longest serving commissioner in professional sports. He took over for Larry O’Brien, who gave his name to the NBA Championship trophy.READ MORE: 120 Opa-locka Residents Return Home After Gas Explosion At Apartment Complex
The NBA Board of Governors wasted no time in picking Stern’s replacement. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver will replace Stern, according to Yahoo! Sports. Silver was a key party in the collective bargaining negotiations last year and was expected to eventually take over for Stern.READ MORE: Police Investigate Double Shooting In NW Miami-Dade
“What an honor to be in this position,” Silver said. “I’m honored, thrilled, and will do my absolute best to grow this league.”
Stern has been at the heart of controversy during his tenure and many players will not miss the commissioner; but he has also overseen a global expansion of the NBA thanks to stars like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.MORE NEWS: CDC Issues New Covid-19 Guidance For The Holiday Season
Stern also helped create the WNBA and oversaw the creation of seven NBA teams during his tenure as commissioner.