ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperSports / BasketballSoccerBasketballVolleyballTennisGolfTrack & FieldSwimmingMotorChinaStarsEditors Pick:Brazil World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto diesLippi to be coach of Chinas national team: reportRio 2016 Olympic GamesSilk Way RallyKobe BryantJust in:China beats Germany 7-4 in mens curling Olympic qualification10:31Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach10:12Spanish coach Lillo parts ways with Atletico Nacional09:59Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in UEFA Champions League09:23Guoan swoops for Lucas08:41NBAs Shoemaker ending China stint08:41Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics07:58David Shoemaker to step down after seven years as NBA China CEO14:46Former Jiangsu Suning striker Jo voted best player in Brazil10:42Paraguay part ways with coach Arce10:28new srcMarquee(“ScrollMe”,0,1,808,30,30,3000,3000,30)Stern fast-tracked to his just rewardBy Associated Press in New York(China Daily) Updated:2014-08-06 07:19Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallFormer NBA boss gets early entry into Basketball Hall of FameDavid Stern remembers the days when an NBA staff that numbered about two dozen was just trying to keep some teams in existence long enough to get them on national TV.Now the former commissioner looks at a league whose 1980 championship series was not broadcast live but now has games televised around the world, whose players average more than $5 million a year in salary as the highest-paid team athletes in sports, and sometimes cant believe what he and his colleagues pulled it off.”You cant even do justice to everything that everybody has done,” Stern said in a phone interview. “All you can do is focus on small chunks of it, but its great fun to contemplate how the NBA family has pulled together to be at a place where our players are now at the top of the celebrity pyramid.”Pretty amazing and great.”It helped to have marketable stars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.But now comes an honor for the person most responsible for it.On Friday, Stern will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams.Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb 1 – he wont say retired, because he is still working – and once thought he would wait five years for induction, the same as players.Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing he belongs immediately.”It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that Im prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports,” said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo.For Stern, it will be the first official basketball function he has attended since leaving the commissioners office in the hands of Adam Silver. He has remained busy advising some communications companies and technology startups, giving speeches and traveling on behalf of the league.”Its very nice and very enjoyable,” Stern said. “The Hall of Fame is always a kind of reunion in any event so this will be just one more, which is great.”Inducted in the contributor category, Stern is mostly being recognized for his accomplishments as commissioner. But things like free agency and the merger with the ABA came much earlier, when he was working with the league as a lawyer, before he joined the NBA as its general counsel in 1978.Some of those advances are the ones that occasionally come to mind when he is talking with old co-workers.”It was a great run,” he said. “We had a lot of fun together and the success was as a result of the efforts of an extraordinary number of people.”Stern talks often with Silver and is impressed with the way his successor has handled a number of challenges in his first six months, most notably the Donald Sterling controversy.Yet it would be hard for Silver – or anyone else – to ever match the career of Stern, who oversaw the addition of seven teams, the creation of the WNBA and NBA Development League, and the growth of revenues to about $5 billion annually.”You just look at where the game is today and his fingerprints are all over that. My dad tells me stories all the time of how the league used to be – it was great – but nothing compared to what it is now,” said Golden State All-Star Stephen Curry, whose father, Dell, started his 16-year career in 1986.”When it comes to how much presence we have across the globe, playing conditions, how the league has expanded, hes had every part in leading the charge.”Stern calls his induction a group award, citing the efforts of owners, players, referees and league employees, and jokes that “I havent bought the napkin yet” on which he would write his acceptance speech. But the honor is Sterns and hes excited to accept it.”To me, its a very important award, a recognition by your peers in a sport where you spent your adult life working,” he said.”Its at the top of the chart in terms of the way it makes you feel and the recognition of it.”8.03KPhotoPyeongchang Winter Olympics torch relay kicks offTokyo marks 1,000 days until 2020 Olympic GamesFed Express eclipses his old foe Rafa againChinese sprinter Su Bingtian and wife hold wedding ceremony in hometownLi Na tastes local delicacy during WTA Wuhan OpenPlayer party held for 2017 WTA Wuhan OpenMost PopularWhats HotAdult fitness level up slightly, says national survey, but theres still a long way to goHighlightsXavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national teamShaolin abbot presents medal as Russia wins Stankovic CupMetta World Peace joins CBAPSG cruise to Champions Trophy triumph in ChinaSpecialWorld Cup winners and losers2014 FIFA World CupSebastian Vettel up to the challenge of changeChinese leaders passion for sports…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. 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