Yearbook, Nov. 9: Stern named commish

November, 9, 2012
Nov. 9, 1983: He's on his way out, set to retire on Feb. 1, 2014, exactly 30 years after he took over as NBA commissioner.

But today we look back to a time when he was just about to be on his way in -- this day 29 years ago, when David Stern was named successor to eventual trophy namesake Larry O'Brien.

Known as one of the better league leaders in any sport -- one who has overseen many highs but a series of struggles, as well -- Stern has seen a number of stars come and go ... and a number of looks.

NBA commissioner David Stern in 1983AP Photo/Mario SurianiStern, just days after being named O'Brien's successor.
Charles BarkleyAP Photo/Marty LederhandlerStern, with Charles Barkley at the 1984 draft.
Kobe BryantNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesStern, with Kobe Bryant at the 1996 draft.
David SternHenny Ray Abrams/Getty ImagesStern, during the 1998-99 lockout.
David Stern at the 2010 All-Star gameJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesStern, at 2010 All-Star Weekend.
Lebron JamesMarc Serota/Getty ImagesStern, with 2011-12 MVP LeBron James.
David Stern, Adam SilverNathaniel S. Butler/Getty ImagesStern, with eventual successor Adam Silver.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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