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The greatest commish ever?

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08:18 AM ET 10.26 | Adam Silver has a tough act to follow in David Stern, who while helping grow the NBA also added fuel for his critics and filled reporters' notebooks. And sometimes he just never allowed this game -- the only one that has a genuine soul -- to speak for itself. Still, the league always came back, and as [Stern] opens his 29th season as commissioner, it is more popular than ever. That's why his successor, Adam Silver, turned to him Thursday and issued this proclamation: "You'll be remembered as the best of all time." Maybe, maybe not. Personally, rankings aren't our thing. We just hope that history's arbiters, who have bashed Stern's legacy to pieces these last few years, will at least consider it.

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October 26, 2012  08:20 AM ET

All dictators claim they are the best ever.

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October 26, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Stern has a good job

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October 26, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Stern is a dictator but I got to give credit to him for continually bringing the game to new heights.

He came in at the right time. Bird & Larry followed by MJ and shudder to say LeBron.
Also TV was taking off followed by the Internet.

October 26, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Riding Off Into The Sunset, Bro?

October 26, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Yeah you're the #1 when there is no one to compete against!!!!!!!

October 26, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Yeah you're the #1 when there is no one to compete against!!!!!!!

October 26, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Stern the greatest commish ever? Hardly!

Michael Chiklis was clearly the greatest Commish ever!

Stern has made the league nearly unwatchable. From the crybaby superstars who complain when they don't get ridiculous superstar calls to the bling-bling-me-first attitude of today's "stars" I can't stand what the league has become.

I understand it's about entertainment, but I'd like to see it go back to when it was a sport. With athletes competing against athletes. Not crybabies like DWade and LeBronna who flop and flail all over the place.

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October 26, 2012  10:35 AM ET

David Stern is a cheater who manipulated referring so teams he liked could win rings. David Stern a huge Lakers fan.

October 26, 2012  10:37 AM ET

Consiering navigating all the league changes (expansion, international play, tv and other revenue), he's done a great job.

October 26, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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I prefer Commisioner Gordon ...

Roger that Batman.............

October 26, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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David Stern is a cheater who manipulated referring so teams he liked could win rings. David Stern a huge Lakers fan.

Manipulated Refereeing.

October 26, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I prefer Commisioner Gordon ...

Roger that Batman.............

October 26, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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Manipulated Refereeing.

Oh.....Ok...That makes sense now.

October 26, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Consiering navigating all the league changes (expansion, international play, tv and other revenue), he's done a great job.

Expansion arguably watered down the league...not to mention this ridiculous rule about making players stay 1 year in college..what a joke this clown is! He rode MJs fame, a monkey could have said put 70 Bulls games on tv a year

 
October 26, 2012  11:29 AM ET

He's rich as ****, a direct result for running the NBA for 30 years, should we really give a **** if he's not around any more? The next guy gets his opportunity to become rich also and retire.

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