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.''