David Stern Rumors
“I would never say never,” Silver acknowledged. “And if we can do it anywhere, it’s London, just because of the logistics. Of travelling over here, especially from the East coast of the United States. And this is something that David Stern talked about when he was Commissioner, just because of the density of our schedule, if we were going to come to Europe, come to the UK, we’d need to do it with more than one team. To do it with a Division. It’s something we’ll continue to look at.”
No one was more aware how important the Lakers were to the NBA than Stern, who once joked his ideal NBA Finals matchup would be “the Lakers versus the Lakers.” For all his contributions – Stern played a major part in making the NBA’s TV rights worth $2.6 billion – he has never heard the end of this … and shouldn’t … despite his insistence that he couldn’t reject a deal that never was. “What cancellation?” Stern asked recently, less than enchanted to be asked about it again five years later. “The GM (New Orleans’ Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade. And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.”
Before Silver departed, he asked Marbury to visit him at his Manhattan office the next time he was in New York. Marbury embraced the NBA reunion that nearly brought him to tears and says he feels a “different energy” about the league now from Silver. “Now I feel like I can walk into the NBA office and say hello,” Marbury said. “[Silver] didn’t have to come up there to the suite. I felt really good about that. It was so positive.”
Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who spoke at the Sports Business Radio Road Show last week about how wearables boggled his mind and offered his vision of the future. “I just picture that day when the assistant coach is in a locker room someplace or a war room sending messages directly to another assistant coach on the bench saying, ‘Uh, Player X, his hydration is lousy, his heartbeat is too high, his lactic acid is congealing, his blood pressure is high, and the facial recognition tells me that he’d love to be anyplace but the court right now, so it’d be a good idea for you to replace him,’” Stern said. “And maybe I’m not that interested because I’m trying not to think about it because it makes it all robotic and takes sort of the spontaneity out of the game, but it’s coming.”
Former NBA commissioner David Stern was a surprise guest at the Celtics Shamrock Foundation Gala this past week at the Museum of Fine Arts. And he was quick to fill fans in on his new responsibilities since retiring from his post in February 2014. “I’m very busy,” said Stern, 74. “I’m a senior adviser to a venture capital firm, big four accounting firm strategy group, an investment bank, and I counsel several startups and I’m a senior adviser to the NBA as well. So I’m more booked up than ever, having a great time.”
ShotTracker, a company that got its start by launching a wearable sensor to track and analyze your basketball shots, has announced a $5M seed round that includes participation from basketball legend Magic Johnson and former NBA Commissioner David Stern. R/GA and Elysian Park Ventures, which manage the LA Dodgers’ sports accelerator also participated, as well as Greycroft Partners.