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David Stern “delighted” with job Adam Silver is doing

May 1, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement Getty Images

We always like people who clean up our messes for us.

Former NBA commissioner David Stern never cleaned up the mess that was Clippers owner Donald Sterling — through years of lawsuits and embarrassing the league, Stern chose to ignore the problem. Stern chose not to fight. He didn’t want an Al Davis to his Pete Rozelle image of himself.

So when racist comments Sterling made to his girlfriend went public and viral, it fell to Silver to act — and Silver brought the hammer down. A lifetime ban. A $2.5 million fine. And Silver said the league would start the process to force a sale of the Clippers out of the Sterling family. All of that made with a “you want to take this to court — go for it” attitude.

Not shockingly, when the Wall Street Journal asked David Stern what he thought of the job Silver was doing, there was nothing but praise.

“He and I worked together for 22 years. I told everyone he was going to be great at his job and I’m delighted to see that I was right,” Mr. Stern said this morning, attending the DLD tech conference at the IAC Building in Manhattan.

What is Stern doing in his retirement? Making more money than you. Or me. Put together.

Mr. Stern is consulting a number of digital companies, he says, interested in building global brands in the realm of sports, gaming and gambling. “Everyone’s interested in competition it seems. And I have a bit of experience in that department,” he said. He declined to name the companies.

  1. onbucky96 - May 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    GAMBLING? STERN? Where’s Tim D. when we need him?!

  2. mackcarrington - May 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    A David Stern video game sounds intriguing.

  3. mogogo1 - May 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Given that Stern effectively quit working as commissioner about a decade ago, he of course knew that Silver would be able to do the job since he’d basically already been doing it.

  4. nicofthenorthstar - May 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Stern approves. Great.
    Now that he is no longer responsible he feels Sterling needs to be dealt with. What a sleaze ball. Stern knew what kind of human Sterling is and chose to keep him as a close partner. Birds of a feather…

  5. bigdaddy44 - May 1, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Stern will be even more pleased if Silver can find a way to get the Lakers the ‘cold’ ping pong balls ala the Patrick Ewing draft.

    • bbk1000 - May 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      I guess he taught Bettman well……just look at the Penguins….

  6. therealhtj - May 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Y’all applauded when Stern nixed CP3 to the Lakers and handed him to Sterling.

    • henryd3rd - May 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      You can’t changed history; but that would have been an interesting team. Kobe, Howard and CP.

    • bigdaddy44 - May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      You are correct, but with the Cliipers near the top and the Lakers near the bottom, the biggest benefit for the $$league$$ is to resurrect the Lakers. It won’t work in NY this time because the Knicks have no pick (and they can’t use a cold envelope!!!). Stern built this league by being about money above all else, especially integrity. No disrespect intended toward NY and LA franchises, they just happened to be more financially beneficial for the league.

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