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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
David Stern named NBA Commissioner
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Feb. 1, 1984

Executive vice president David Stern replaces Larry O'Brien, who announced his resignation last year, as NBA commissioner. The 41-year-old Stern is the league's fourth commissioner, with Maurice Podoloff, J. Walter Kennedy and O'Brien preceding him.

Stern is an attorney who had worked on several cases involving the NBA before becoming its first general counsel. He was promoted to executive vice president in charge of legal and business affairs under O'Brien.

Stern will develop and expand NBA Properties, the league's marketing arm, and NBA Entertainment. He will establish NBA International to focus on the league's role in the worldwide growth of basketball. He will oversee the launch of the WNBA in 1997. He also will be the NBA's key man in the lockout of the players that will delay the start of the 1998-99 season three months.





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