MIAMI David Stern will have some rings to hand out Tuesday to the Heat. Miami forward Shane Battier will have something for Stern.
Stern announced Thursday he will retire as NBA commissioner Feb. 1, 2014. So when he greets the Heat before their regular-season opener, it will mark the next-to-last time he honors a defending champion.
Ill hug him because I enjoy my life, Battier said Friday when reflecting upon Sterns tenure since he took over in 1984.
Battier said hes been thinking plenty about Sterns legacy since Thursdays announcement. Hes come even more to the realization how fortunate he is to be playing in this era.
Were doing something that we would be doing for free, playing basketball for living. The fact that Im able to make this my career and earn a significant amount of money speaks directly to David Sterns genius, said Battier, a 12-year veteran who has made more than 50 million in his career. The guy really was an innovator, and I dont know if weve seen a marketer a...