BDG wrote:As much as I dislike him, Stern did some great things for the game and the sport of basketball (expansion, globalization, profitability). Although Magic, Bird and Jordan had a lot to do with that as well.
But for the last decade (really ever since the mid-2000s) he's been awful. Really glad he's going to be gone in 2014.
Stern's marketing and contracts with the networks saved the game in the 80's.... yeah there was Magic, Bird and Jordan but he sold and packaged them. Before he came along the NBA was behind Hockey in popularity for awhile... and that's when most of the Hockey teams were still in Canada.
He's had some issues over the last decade and a half but as far as sports commissioners go he's done an overall good job trying to do what's best for the league as a whole.