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David Stern “delighted” with job Adam Silver is doing

May 1, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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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.

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