— NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2014
Stern retired after exactly 30 years in charge, making him the NBA’s longest-serving and most successful commissioner.
Silver joined the NBA as his assistant in 1992 and has been the deputy commissioner since 2006.
“It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by Commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were unimaginable even a short while ago,” Stern wrote Friday in a thank you email to media members.
Stern announced he would retire on Oct. 25, 2012, and owners unanimously chose Silver as his successor. The NBA will now begin using balls with Silver’s signature in games.
Like Stern, Silver left the legal field to join the NBA. Originally Stern’s special assistant, he went on to become NBA Chief of Staff before running NBA Entertainment for about a decade before replacing Russ Granik as deputy commissioner in 2006. ESPN
Check out these columns for more on Stern’s legacy and impact over his 30 years as commissioner.
David Stern did a lot of great things to build the global brand. Let’s hope the forward momentum continues. – AL