Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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When NBA Commissioner David Stern hands over the reins of power to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, in February of 2014; the Association will be in far better shape then when he took the job in 1984. The NBA relegated to the back burner of pro sports in this country; was almost an afterthought, with the NBA Finals broadcast by CBS on a tape delay basis, starting the games at 11:30 pm on both the East and West Coasts. That resulted in fans of the Association, seeing the opening tip-off a full seven hours after it took place. It was at that point however, that two young stars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson; became household names; soon to be followed by the third member of the “Holy Trinity Of The NBA” Michael Jordan. Stern’s main agenda, from the time he took the top job in the Association; was to turn the NBA into a global presence; and he has accomplished what he set out to do. The game now has fans all around the globe; one can see locals sporting NBA jerseys in Europe, Africa and S...
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