David Stern getting booed at the NBA Draft: The Supercut


Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.

Over the years, Stern’s strict on/off-court policies has given him the reputation of an almighty dictator among players, owners and fans.

Since the NBA Draft is usually the only way for the everyday fan to interact with Stern, the ritual of Stern announcing the first 30 picks of the NBA Draft usually involves a plethora of boos and curse words, and since the event is usually held in New York, and this year in Brooklyn, it really feels like watching a villain enter a WWE wrestling fight.

Last night was different. Since it was Stern’s final appearance as the draft announcer, he took it upon himself to acknowledge, and even enjoy, the warm welcome he received from local NBA fans. At one point he even took it upon himself to tease the fans and in a very nebechy way said, “I can’t hear you.”

Oh David, We’ll miss you, you evil yet adorable man.

Watch the supercut here:

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.

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