David Stern has seen a lot in 30 years as NBA Commissioner. Remember two years before he took over NBA Finals games were record then shown after your local news at night. NBA playoff games were tape delayed up through 1986.
Now franchise valuations are way up, the NBA is a billion dollar business and Stern helped market and guide that. He is deservedly going to get a lot of accolades over the next four months.
Source: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports