David Stern thinks that when it comes to the NBA Finals, his last might be the best.
Stern's 30-year reign as NBA Commissioner will end Feb. 1, making this Miami-San Antonio series the final championship matchup of his tenure overseeing a league that has grown into a wildly successful international corporate giant under his watch.
Still, there's plenty of items remaining on Stern's to-do list, which is one of the reasons why he hasn't turned his final months into a victory lap of sorts.
''I'll savor it when it's over,'' Stern said Thursday in his annual pre-Finals news conference. ''I'll look back on it. I do know every day that I have the best job in the world ... and I will remain committed to the continued success of the NBA. That's the thing I think about more than I think about looking backwards. I'm actually looking forward to helping the NBA in any way possible as it rises to continued new heights.''
His last Finals might help the league reach those heights.