David Stern stepping down as NBA commissioner effective in
2014 is either a massive shame or the best news in weeks, depending on where
fans stand on the man who has presided over professional basketball since 1984.
Stern made several league-altering decisions in his tenure, which will continue
for another two years before deputy commissioner Adam Silver takes over the top
job. Many of those decisions were highly unpopular with some people and remain
so to this day.
If we had a law student's patience and lots of time on our
hands, we might be able to thumb through every page of the NBA's collective
bargaining agreement and find every eyebrow-raising clause. Since we have
neither, though, we will avoid the legalese and take a look at Stern's
controversial moves that do not require a law degree to seem a bit
Some of the highlights include legislating players'
wardrobe's, introducing a new ball none of the players liked when the existing
ball seemed just fine and allegedly fixing draft lotteries.
The NBA will not necessarily be better or worse without
Stern, but if this list is an indication, the day-to-day goings-on will be far less