David Stern's power struggles

Even though the NBA thrived with Stern as commissioner, he was often challenged

Originally Published: October 25, 2012
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

David Stern successfully sold the "blackest" sport to a white audience. He globalized basketball. He kept the NBA at the forefront of the technology wave. And yet, by the end of his 30-year tenure he had yielded the one thing he was best known for: control.

Look at the past few years. The Seattle SuperSonics took off for Oklahoma City after Washington state legislators shot down Stern's attempt to get them to pay for a new arena.

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