Posted February 1, 2014 by Devon Watkis in Sports

David Stern Retires as NBA Commissioner. [Video]

The NBA’s longest-served commissioner has officially stepped down today after exactly 30 years of service.

David Stern was made commissioner of the NBA in 1984 succeeding Larry O’Brian. Many people seem to forget that Stern inherited a League with a horrible drug problem and on the verge of bankruptcy.

Stern took a failing NBA and made it into the multi-billion dollar industry that it is today, with the help of legendary players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James.

One of the most controversial moves that Stern made within his tenure was the strict dress code for all players. Many believed that this rule was racist in nature and that it isolated the African American players in the League. That dress code now to many is what turned the tide of fashion within urban communities.

Stern will hand the reigns over to Adam Silva who like his predecessor began in the NBA after leaving the legal field. Silva has been deputy commissioner since 2006.

Stern announced his retirement on OCT. 25, 2012 where after the owners unanimously chose Silva to be his successor.

David Stern might not have always been right and he certainly was not always liked but his impact on the NBA and the game of basketball is undoubtably impressive and deserves all the respect in the world.

Check out the link to see more on David Sterns career.