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February 11, 2014 Updates

Danny Schayes: When I met later with Steve Blake, I was a little dismayed that he had not read any of the material that I submitted. It showed that either he was not fully prepared or I was not being taken seriously. Still we did the interview and again, I thought that it went as well as it could. In both of their defense, they were dealing with injuries while trying to manage these interviews that were being done on the fly. Again, this is what you get when the process is done during the season — distracted players. SheridanHoops

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NBA TV will televise an interview with David Stern on Friday night, the day before he ends his 30-year run as NBA commissioner. "David Stern: 30 Years" will air at 7 p.m. ET. Stern will be interviewed by Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson during the hour-long program, which includes comments from former and current NBA players such as Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. ESPN.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Though Stern hasn't been hugely popular with the players as his tenure has seen two labor stoppages, James had nothing but positive things to say about the man who has handed him four MVP Awards and two NBA Finals MVPs in recent years. "David has been great," James said. "Obviously we had a lockout, but at the end of the day the players want more and the owners want more and we all want more. You can't knock what David has done. He came in in the '80s and build the game into what it is today. Can you name a commissioner who is better than him and what he's done? I don't know think so." ESPN.com

LeBron James hopes to have a meeting with incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss some issues he has with the league, the Heat star said after practice Tuesday. James said he didn't want to make public the list of topics he wants to discuss, but the league's reigning MVP said he had been thinking about them for some time. "Hopefully I can sit down with the commish and just throw out some ideas where I hope the league can be better," James said as the Heat prepared to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (8 ET, ESPN). "Hopefully he has some ideas for me." ESPN.com

"It's not a major change, but the game can always be bigger," James said. "There's a lot of people who love the game who can't watch the game, so hopefully we can [expand it]." James said he's gotten to know Silver a little in recent years and has been impressed by him. "The opportunities I've had to be around him as he's been the assistant commish, he's been easy to talk to," James said. "He understands the business and someone who understands what the game means to everyone -- the whole pie. Best of luck to him, hopefully he can get 30 years in, too." ESPN.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

In any case, LaRocca said plans for next year's Christmas Day uniforms and the 2015 All-Star Game already are being discussed. If the All-Stars make it clear they don't like the look or feel of this year's uniforms, the league will respond accordingly. "If the feedback is that the players don't want to wear them, we won't," LaRocca said. "We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do." Bleacher Report

"He really looked for people who had the same genuine love for the sport that he had," said Rick Welts, who worked for the NBA for 17 years as an executive, ultimately becoming Chief Marketing Officer and president of NBA Properties before taking jobs as president of the Phoenix Suns and, then, the Golden State Warriors. It makes a difference. He wasn't interested in people who were really talented people unless they had that emotional investment in the game. Because he does." NBA.com

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Allen collaborated with the NBA to design a shooting shirt that teams will wear for certain games in February, part of what he hopes brings additional spotlight to Black History Month. The shirt features the likeness of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Bill Russell and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose life is celebrated on Monday. "It's another celebration that we can improve on to try to create greater awareness, talking about where we've come as a people, as a league and as a country," Allen said. "It's an opportunity to talk about a great leader of the past, but even Martin Luther King, what he fought for was civil liberties not just for black people, but for all people. So to me, Black History Month has always been about equality of all people." ESPN.com

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