Originally written on Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog  |  Last updated 11/13/14
I think David Stern’s tenure can be summed up by the various reactions to his announced retirement.  All the top basketball writers had their take on Stern’s tenure, some of it laced with their personal experience dealing with a man that was strong-willed and often a bully. Mitch Lawrence, New York Daily News - Lawrence focused on some of what Stern didn’t get right. Leaving Vancouver, the Seattle Supersonics debacle, handicapping defenses, lack of a franchise tag on players and his power grab were the focus of his piece. I can’t argue with Lawrence on any of these points, although I’m not sure the Vancouver move is something that was egregious as they were 27th of 29 teams in attendance their last season (2000-2001). The lockout probably is mostly to blame for the death of basketball in Vancouver. Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports - Probably the harshest of all the retrospectives. Wojnarowski believes Stern was in the right place at the right time, and most anyone could have benefi...
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