Stern stepping down as NBA chief in ‘14, Silver tapped as successor


David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said he will be retiring in 2014 after 30 years in the position.

Stern, 70, announced Thursday that he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014 — 30 years to the day since he was appointed to his post. Stern began working for the NBA in 1966 as outside counsel.

The league's Board of Governors on Thursday approved Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver as Stern's successor. Both Stern and Silver are Jewish.

Silver, who began working for the NBA in 1993 and has served as deputy commissioner since 2006, served with Stern as lead negotiator during the 2011 NBA lockout.

Omri Casspi could rejoin Maccabi Tel Aviv


Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi said he might rejoin his former Israeli pro basketball team if the NBA imposes a player lockout next season.

Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, told Israel’s Army Radio Thursday that that he would consider rejoining Maccabi Tel Aviv if the league and the players’ union do not come to a new agreement by the June 30 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, which could lead to the cancellation of the 2011-12 season.

Casspi has been sitting on the bench lately for the Kings. He has averaged 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season. 

Although Casspi is under contract with the Kings, he would be allowed to play abroad in the event of a lockout, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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