David Stern Rumors
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday that it is time for sports betting to be legalized in the United States, as his successor, Adam Silver, has suggested. “I’m with Commissioner Silver,” Stern told an audience at a forum in midtown Manhattan on the future of sports and digital media. “There should be federal legislation that says, ‘Let’s go all the way’ and have betting on sports. It’s OK. It’s going to be properly regulated.”
Friends of former NBA Commissioner David Stern are urging him to run for mayor in 2017, now that Mayor de Blasio is looking less likely to be re-elected to a second term. Stern, a lifelong Democrat who has regularly contributed to the party, will be retired for two years in February.
Silver’s comments echoed those that he made earlier this month. “I first met her in this league when she was playing for the Liberty early on in the league,” Silver told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “Her composure was fantastic and also it says a lot about those Spurs, Coach Pop, R.C. Buford, Peter Holt. People need to be given opportunities. I obviously [was given] an opportunity by David Stern in the NBA. To see her get that opportunity, I have no doubt, as I said earlier, that we’re going to have a female coach in the NBA one day. There should be no barriers”
Me: Do you believe that people who don’t know you think you’re a racist? DF: I can’t control what everyone out there believes. I think most people, if they’ve looked into this, they’ve heard people that have known me for 30 years. They’ve looked into my background. They’ve looked at my life. And hopefully used all of that information when they make their decision. But I can’t control what everyone looks at and how much they look at this whole story. And that hurts. That’s sad to me, because I really am proud of being part of this melting pot of the NBA throughout my life — not just my career, but my whole life. And it’s something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in, the diversity and inclusion that I’ve been a part of through the NBA. It’s been a model, with David Stern and Adam Silver and the league, what they’re built. I’ve been a part of that and I’m proud of that.
There were years when Russell wasn’t such an important part of league celebrations. But a few conversations with David Stern enticed Russell back, perhaps one of the most overlooked moves of the former commissioner. And Russell is indeed giving back. He loves to talk, offer his knowledge, and spend time with current players. Quietly, it also seems that Russell enjoys being lauded late in his life. Whatever issues he had with the NBA have dissipated, and the league has given him the proper appreciation for what he has accomplished. So, while it was an unusual to see Russell waiting for James well after midnight, it was heartwarming to watch those who paused to marvel at Russell. He definitely noticed.