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Stern stuck around one season too long

With his legacy on the line, and his influence fading, commish should've let down reins

Updated: October 14, 2011, 10:54 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Too bad he decided to hang around a season or three too long. How many times have we said that about a famous ballplayer, from Brett Favre all the way back to Willie Mays?

David Stern isn't a ballplayer, but at 69 he's about as recognizable as most of his NBA stars. Across a quarter century and change, Stern took a league he once said was "written off as too black, too drug-infested" and built it into a powerhouse with crossover appeal.

He had earned his rock-solid place among the ...

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