NBA TV to Televise David Stern: 30 Years on Friday
As David Stern steps down as NBA Commissioner onFeb.1, NBA TV will feature a one-on-one interview David Stern: 30 Years conducted by Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson onFriday, Jan. 31, at7 p.m. ET. An excerpt of the interview will debut during TNTsInside the NBAonThursday, Jan. 30.
Stern, who steps downon the 30thanniversary of being appointed NBA Commissioner, looks back at his three decades with the league and its many accomplishments during his tenure.Additionally, some of the leagues biggest starsand principal figures including Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Jerry West reflect on their thoughts and memories of Stern and his impact on the NBA and overall contributions to the sports industry.
Stern on what hes been most proud of:I'm proudest of the diversity this league has demonstrated. Our coaching, our assistant coaching, our management, our league office, our teams...there's a level of diversity that makes our sport...our business enterprise the most diverse in America.
Stern on whether the global game is his crowning achievement:You know, there's a monster list of everything that is now the NBA. And each in their own time were new and innovative And we were crazy enough to say, Ok, we figured this out. Now let's do it around the world.
Charles Barkley on Sterns legacy:David Stern to me is the greatest commissioner in sports history.
Kobe Bryant on Sterns impact in spreading the game:The sport is truly a global game. You have so many international players and that comes directly from his vision.
LeBron James on Sterns global vision for the NBA:That was all because of David Stern. And Im able to inspire the youth all across the world because of what David Stern envisioned.
Michael Jordan on what Stern has meant to him:A true gentleman to me, and a true role model, and a true inspiration.
Bill Russell on Stern and growing the NBA:He took the league working with the elements he had to work with and really made it major league.
Jerry West on Stern having a vision:David had a vision of what he thought this league could be and should be.