The Info List - David Stern

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DAVID JOEL STERN (born September 22, 1942) is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association . He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O\'Brien . He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s.

Stern has served on the Rutgers University
Rutgers University
Board of Overseers and is a Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University
Columbia University
. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations .

On October 25, 2012, Stern announced that he would step down as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014, 30 years to the day after beginning his tenure as commissioner. His deputy, Adam Silver , is his successor. On February 14, 2014, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Stern would be a member of its 2014 induction class. In 2016, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame .


* 1 Early life

* 2 National Basketball Association

* 2.1 Notable events during Stern\'s tenure * 2.2 Controversies

* 3 Personal life * 4 References * 5 External links


David Stern
David Stern
was born on September 22, 1942 in New York City. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey in a Jewish family, and is a graduate of Teaneck High School . Stern attended Rutgers University
Rutgers University
, where in 1960 he pledged to the Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
. He graduated as a history student in 1963, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966, and was admitted to the bar in New York later that year after passing the state's bar examination .


Stern's first affiliation with the NBA came in 1966 when he was hired at Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and a statement, shame on you for asking." He then proceeded to ask Rome, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" and accused Rome of "making a career out of cheap thrills". This led to a heated exchange between Rome and Stern, ending when Stern said he had "to go call someone important like Stephen A. Smith."

On November 29, 2012, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
sat out Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, Tony Parker , Manu Ginóbili , and Danny Green for a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat . Popovich has frequently sat out his starters on road trips over the years in order to ensure they have enough rest for the playoffs, the Spurs are one of the oldest teams in the league. Stern was outraged when he learned of this, and said on the night of the game that the Spurs' actions were "unacceptable", and that "substantial sanctions be forthcoming." On November 30, Stern fined the Spurs $250,000 for what he called "a disservice to the league and the fans." According to Stern, Popovich had not informed the Heat, the league or the media in a suitable timeframe that the four players were not making the trip to Miami. Stern's decision was criticized by commentators such as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! Sports
, who said, "Stern doesn't care about the realities of his league, just the appearances. To him, the appearance on Thursday night was that Popovich had tried to embarrass him on national television and that's why the commissioner tossed that tantrum." Wojnarowski has argued that Stern has generally shown a pattern of bias against the San Antonio Spurs , while giving considerable leeway to the New York Knicks for their violations of league policy.


He is married to Dianne Bock Stern, and they have two adult sons. They reside in Scarsdale, New York .


* ^ " David Stern
David Stern
Celebrity". TV Guide . Retrieved November 24, 2014. * ^ "From Corned Beef To Caviar". Sports Illustrated. June 3, 1991.

* ^ David J. Stern, National Basketball Association . Retrieved September 3, 2007. * ^ " David Stern
David Stern
has date for retirement". ESPN.com. ESPN. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. * ^ "Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2014 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame. February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.

* ^ "Attorney Directory, Attorney Detail: David Joel Stern". New York State Unified Court System. . To search the site, go to the following URL: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/AttorneySearch The New York State Unified Court System prohibits direct links to its site from external websites. * ^ http://www.thebigo.com/AboutOscarRobertson/OscarRobertsonRule.php. Retrieved 18 June 2017. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/16/sports/stern-named-to-succeed-o-brien.html. Retrieved 18 June 2017. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/389/867/1591788/. Retrieved 18 June 2017. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ Halberstam, David (1999). Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and the World He Made. Random House. p. 120. ISBN 0-7679-0444-3 . * ^ Burns, Marty (2002-05-07). "In terms of dollars, Jordan was NBA\'s real MVP". Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
. Retrieved 2007-07-20. * ^ DuPree, David. "NBA Finals are whole new world", USA Today
USA Today
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— Shaq: \'Whoever needs to be fired\' - NBA * ^ Mahoney, Brian (October 31, 2006). "Study: New NBA ball performs differently". USA Today. * ^ ESPN
- Stern confident new NBA ball will win over players - NBA * ^ Robbins, Liz (December 6, 2006). "A Whole New Game Ball? N.B.A. Admits Its Mistake". The New York Times. * ^ Robbins, Liz (December 6, 2006). "A Whole New Game Ball? N.B.A. Admits Its Mistake". The New York Times. * ^ Roscoe, nance. "NBA to ditch new ball, return to old", USA Today , December 11, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2007. * ^ Thiel, Art (April 20, 2008). "Stern and Bennett: Scoundrels must be held accountable". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. * ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (2011-03-21). "NBA players’ union leader takes bold stand — NBA — Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ "Los Angeles Lakers deal to acquire Chris Paul
Chris Paul
off — ESPN
Los Angeles". Espn.go.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (2011-12-09). "Teams still pushing for Paul trade — NBA — Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ Berger, Ken (2011-12-09). "Nixed Paul deal makes NBA look like second-rate bush league — NBA — CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice". Cbssports.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ A B "Bill Simmons laments how far the NBA has fallen in the wake of the Chris Paul
Chris Paul
situation". Grantland. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ A B " Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
predicted Chris Paul
Chris Paul
trade issues a year ago — ESPN
Los Angeles". Espn.go.com. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ " David Stern
David Stern
and NBA owners look vindictive and petty in veto of Chris Paul