Discussion

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 ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

EDITORS' PICKS

  • Dollars And Sense?
    JPP said he's 'worth a lot of money,' before perhaps his final game with Big Blue.
  • Sayonara
    Hiroki Kuroda is leaving the Yankees and MLB to go back and pitch in Japan.
  • Say What?
    Deron Williams returned to action Friday, off the bench, and that may continue.
  • Too Legit To Quit
    Jets WR Percy Harvin (ribs) sounds determined to play in Sunday's season finale.
  • Chumps!
    We rank our top 10 most loathed New York sports figures of 2014.

ALSO SEE

MORE NBA HEADLINES