The legacy of David Stern is . . . ?
“He left the league in a better place than he found it three decades ago,” the retiring NBA commissioner said of himself in the third-person during an interview clip that aired Friday on ESPN, a longtime business partner of his and the league’s.
If bigger means “better”—expanding from 23 to 30 teams, watching the average salary balloon from $290,000 to $5.7 million, even a 50 percent increase on referees asked to be on the court at one time (going from two to three, and including women employees) – then a kindergartener forced to sit in a televised round-table discussion for commercial purposes might even agree with that concept.
But was an Orwellian move in the summer of 1984 to double the number of teams in L.A. from one to two a long-lasting mark on his good or not-so-good side?
See more at the latest “It’s Out of the Question” column ….