INDEPENDENCE, Ohio My first interaction with David Stern took place long before I covered the NBA.
But it may be the best example of what I always felt was an underrated aspect of Stern's run as NBA commissioner. It's a run slated to end Feb. 1, 2014, per the league's announcement Thursday from the Board of Governors meeting.
Anyway, I was living near the non-NBA city of Pittsburgh. It was at a time when you had to use your phone line to access the Internet. Email was a relatively new concept.
I often wondered if Pittsburgh might someday field an NBA team, so I decided to give all this new technology stuff a try. I decided to send Stern an email as nothing more than an everyday fan.
He responded within the hour. I don't remember his exact words, but as always, they were PR-savvy. Stern indicated there was, in fact, a group of interested investors from Pittsburgh. But it was a longshot, simply because the league had no plans for expansion at the time.
All of that is really be...