HoopsHype David Stern rumors

August 22, 2014 Updates

On Steve Ballmer’s excitement of owning an NBA franchise: “I just wish he would have been around to give those speeches when I first came in. When we were in Reunion Arena, I used to run up and down the aisles trying to get people to cheer and to stand up. Literally, I was running up and down the aisles I was so pumped up and so excited. I remember going into a board of governors meeting and one of the old school guys, I won’t name him since he’s since passed away, said, ‘You haven’t done shinola in this league. You need to sit the eff down and shut the eff up. I never want to see you or hear from you again.' And David Stern literally had to tell him to calm down.” Dallas Morning News

August 11, 2014 Updates

David Stern was so afraid of inviting notoriously cantankerous Bill Russell to Stern’s induction ceremony into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the former NBA commissioner had a mutual friend ask the Boston Celtic legend. Russell always felt that black players and coaches were given short shrift in the Hall of Fame, and hadn’t been there in 40 years. He refused to attend both the ceremony when his No. 6 jersey was retired in 1972 by the Celtics and his own induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975. New York Post

Me: I would think you have two views on LeBron -- that he left Cleveland and Cleveland goes nuts, but he goes to Miami and wins championships. And then, he comes back. David Stern: I told LeBron, I thought that regardless of how poorly executed The Decision was, I thought the world was being horribly unfair to him. He was entitled to make that decision and he was entitled to make the decision he made. If it makes him happy, then I'm happy. I think it's great. The additional dividend being, apparently, he has been much appreciated by the fans of the world for his decision to return to Cleveland. And I think that's wonderful. And I think that it demonstrates how embedded the NBA is into the psyche of not just America, but maybe even the world. That during the world Cup, the second-most talked about issue was where would LeBron go? There was a baseball season going on, but everyone wanted to talk about LeBron. I thought that was a very positive development. And it sort of demonstrated something we've said over the years, that the drama that's on and off the court provides fodder for our fans to think about, talk about, and get involved in some discussions about. NBA.com

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern advocated adopting the rules of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, which limits Olympic soccer participation to players 23 and under. But Bryant and other players spoke out strongly against the proposal, and it was quietly shelved. But Stern's proposal still has some support among some NBA teams. "To us, it would make sense to have age limits on this," one team executive said. "That would tell you that you have X number of years of risk to accept." NBA.com

David Stern: Somebody asked me about being opportunistic. We were early adopters with respect to digital, NBA.com, NBA TV, NBA League Pass, even the NBA on cable back in 1979. We didn't have a specific plan, but we had a view that there were things that you had to take advantage of. With respect to social responsibility, we espoused the view that if you don't stand for something, you're not going to stand for anything. And we tried to preach that to the teams, and it was very rewarding to see each of our teams with not just a Community Relations department, and big ones, and with foundations and extraordinary embracing of what sports could do and mean. Basketball Without Borders is taking place as we speak in South Africa. I guess we're in Rome, and I was looking at a recent memo on what was going on with the NBA in Madagascar, and Africa, assisting the State Department and sports diplomacy. This thing is so embedded, and we're going to continue doing our part on a regular basis. NBA.com

DS: You know, over the years, we were working on so many different -- you mean, when we were working with Magic Johnson and HIV, or dealing with Latrell Sprewell and the thing with his coach? We were dealing with Ron Artest going into the stands, we were dealing with [Tim] Donaghy, we were dealing with Gilbert Arenas. We were dealing with subsequent lockouts. We managed to keep very, very busy -- like, Holy Moses, what's up today? What's on the table? And so, for us, there was a lot to do. Me: Is $2 billion for the Clippers an outlier? DS: Oh, no, I don't think it's an outlier at all. I think it values one of the markets with the highest television revenue locally. It values the opportunity, the sponsorships, the ticket prices, the building, in a spectacular way. And well deserved. NBA.com

August 9, 2014 Updates

Flanked by Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Bill Russell, David Stern entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promoting the NBA and deflecting attention from himself and his impact on the game of basketball and the league. "I think the future is incredibly bright," the former commissioner said at the Springfield Symphony Hall on Friday night. "The reason I am here is because of thousands of people over the years who have done so much. The league is in spectacular shape going forward under the extraordinary leadership of Adam Silver." ESPN.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its newest group of inductees. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern led the class of 10 that received its membership blazers on Thursday. The induction gala is Friday night down the street from the hoops shrine. Also in the class of 2014 are former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland. USA Today Sports

August 5, 2014 Updates

Stern will be enshrined Friday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb. 1 — he won't say retired, because he's still working — and once thought he would wait five years for induction, same as players. Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing that he belongs immediately. "It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that I'm prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports," said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo. Boston Herald

August 4, 2014 Updates

Stern will be enshrined Friday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb. 1 — he won't say retired, because he's still working — and once thought he would wait five years for induction, same as players. Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing that he belongs immediately. "It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that I'm prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports," said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo. USA Today Sports

David Stern remembers the days when an NBA staff that numbered about two dozen was just trying to keep some teams in existence long enough to get them on national TV. Now the former commissioner looks at a league whose 1980 championship series was not broadcast live but now has games televised around the world, whose players average more than $5 million a year in salary as the highest-paid team athletes in sports, and sometimes can't believe he and his colleagues pulled it off. "You can't even do justice to everything that everybody has done," Stern said in a phone interview. "All you can do is focus on small chunks of it, but it's great fun to contemplate how the NBA family has pulled together to be at a place where our players are now at the top of the celebrity period. "Pretty, pretty amazing and great." USA Today Sports

August 3, 2014 Updates

Yet you can safely presume that you're going to be hearing and reading about this debate for the rest of the summer, with Team USA scheduled to be over all your various screens throughout August and September. The crusade David Stern tried to start before leaving office to replace the NBA's stars in international play with its kids is sure to be revived. Stern, shortly before the 2012 London Games, suggested on behalf of his owners that the NBA's future Olympic involvement should be restricted to players 23 and younger -- just like they do in men's Olympic soccer -- to start lessening the offseason demands on the game's biggest names as well as the fears of the jittery teams responsible for paying them in sickness and in health. ESPN.com

July 24, 2014 Updates

His name is J. Bruce Miller. He is said to be a longtime personal friend of David Stern's and has been trying for years to bring a revival of the ABA's Kentucky Colonels to the City of Louisville. (...) Miller: "As I've repeatedly said, ONCE the League gets control of the Sterling situation either by Sterling losing and the sale carrying forth OR by Sterling winning and the League (itself) moving forward as per Silver "...with our own proceedings." --- then the time will come to focus on the television rights negotiation which will also involve the potential expansion to Seattle and another city (most likely to be Louisville)." Sonics Rising

July 11, 2014 Updates
July 7, 2014 Updates

The Cavs still have several hurdles to overcome. Rival teams are skeptical that James and Gilbert will be able to patch up their differences in the wake of James' televised "announcement" and Gilbert's subsequent open letter that attacked James' character and got him fined by then-commissioner David Stern. There has been a cooling of the tension between the parties in recent years, but James still harbors some ill feelings that both would have to attempt to settle before any partnership could be renewed, sources said. ESPN.com

June 13, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy told the Associated Press. Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity. The person wasn't authorized to talk publicly. USA Today Sports

The person said the investigators also are looking into whether other owners made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks. "The gloves are off, as they say," the person said. "Have them dig up all the dirt they can find." USA Today Sports

June 4, 2014 Updates

What appear to be Adam Silver’s leadership strengths now that he is David Stern’s replacement? Marc Stein: He is incredibly approachable and accessible. He’s clearly not afraid to consider tweaks of all kinds to the game and seems willing to put pretty much anything on the table at a time when the league is doing well and it would be easy to just push the status quo. He also strikes me as quite comfortable in the glare of the spotlight despite the size of the very big shoes he’s stepped into. I’ve said from the start that establishing the sort of authoritarian presence that I think a commissioner has to have is going to be his biggest challenge after the domineering way Stern lorded over the game for three decades. But you’d have to say Silver has quickly accumulated a lot of fans — and rightfully so — with the way he’s handled the Donald Sterling situation. He’s going to force Sterling out of the league and ultimately preside over a $2 billion sale of Sterling’s team to make all the other owners happy. He’s off to some start. Ed Odeven Reporting

June 2, 2014 Updates

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