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He's Got Next: David Stern Passes the NBA to Adam Silver

David Stern passes the NBA to Adam Silver
He's Got Next: David Stern Passes the NBA to Adam Silver
Photograph by Jason Nocito for Bloomberg Businessweek

Behind this week’s cover

Cleaning out his office in December, David Stern found a photo from his first day as commissioner of the National Basketball Association in 1984. Stern, then 41, had a mustache, a full head of dark hair, and eyeglasses as big as windshields. In the photo he rests his right hand on a copy of the Sporting News Official NBA Guide for the season. His left is raised to take an oath. Russ Granik, a league lawyer who would become Stern’s deputy, holds the book. Seven other guys in suits stand by grinning. “I swore to uphold the NBA constitution, bylaws, and all that’s holy,” Stern recalls.