David Stern Rumors
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.
Jack Devine, a retired CIA official and private investigator, writes in his new book, “Good Hunting” about how the NBA had him investigate Mikhail Prokhorov in 2009-10. The vetting included checking whether the Nets prospective owner had ties to the Russian mob. Devine said his team found none after “extensive research,” and informed David Stern of same.
And now the franchise deals with an NBA/Cuba situation a different Heat source said “seems political.” Longtime former NBA commissioner David Stern was extremely active in Democratic politics and a major financial contributor throughout his years in office. New commissioner Adam Silver also was an ardent early supporter of Obama and has donated to the party — the political leanings at the highest level of the NBA perhaps suggesting a climate that would lead to a goodwill tour as a show of support for Obama’s new policy of thawing relations with Cuba. The four-day event could be a precursor to further league involvement with Cuba, such as exhibition games scheduled there.
Rick Welts: The thing that I get credited with, maybe that I’ll always live with, is the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend. It wasn’t really as visionary a thing on my resume as people might want to credit me for. I was in the unenviable position of trying to sell the NBA to major corporate sponsors at a time when the NBA was not viewed as a good investment for companies like that. I knew that if we could create some additional events, I’d have a chance at least to try to create some corporate interest in sponsoring those events. That, really as much as anything, was my motivation in trying to create a second day of events around All-Star: that we could bring the fans with the support of some corporate partners, and that really was an important part of launching [NBA Commissioner] David Stern’s success.