Category: International

A respectful farewell to David Stern

Quitting | David Stern (right) will step down as commissioner of the NBA 30 years after taking the job. Long-term protégé Adam Silver has already been elected as his successor (Image | Getty)

It is difficult to grasp quite how far the NBA has come in the almost thirty years that David Stern has been at the helm.

Stern became commissioner in 1984, when the league could not even get its championship series televised. Today, the NBA is a $5 billion business with a truly global appeal.

Stern will retire on 1st February 2014, 30 years to the day after he took charge. The 70-year-old commissioner will hand the reigns over to his deputy of six years, Adam Silver.

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Team GB signed off their first Olympic basketball campaign since 1948 with a moment of history (Image | Getty)

The Olympic basketball quarter-finals are underway today. Russia and Lithuania are first in action, to be followed later today by Spain, France, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Team USA.

Great Britain are no longer involved in the tournament, but in their final game Tuesday, already confirmed as a ‘dead rubber’ match thanks to Saturday’s depressing collapse against Australia, Team GB carved themselves a little slice of basketballing history – they secured the nation’s first ever win in Olympic basketball.

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With 26 points, Luol Deng once again spearheaded Team GB’s offense (Image | Getty)

I knew as soon as the GB-Spain game ended last night that I’d be writing about it as soon as I got back from work this morning. The thing is, now I’m here, I’m not sure how to feel about the game.

Obviously, there’s a massive amount of pride for a collection of players brought together from around the major and minor leagues of European basketball to back up an NBA superstar who, after a couple of years of being international afterthoughts and needing special dispensation just to take up a hosts’ place at the Olympics, scared the crap out of Spain last night. The absolute crap.

And yet, knowing now that the game was so close in the final seconds, there’s a good deal of frustration too.

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