February 10

NBA enters its Silver age

The league’s new commissioner has taken over as long-time predecessor David Stern retires.

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NEW GUY: Adam Silver, left, the new NBA Commissioner, talks with Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive. On Feb. 1 Silver replaced David Stern, who retired after 30 years as the head of the NBA.

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Now Silver is following one of sports’ greatest commissioners.

He acknowledges there will be times it will feel “lonely” without Stern there to face big decisions together, but Silver has worked so closely with Stern and been involved in so many aspects of the league that the transition should be a natural one.

“Adam has been preparing for the job for a long time, he understands the business and I don’t see him having much difficulty shifting into the role of commissioner,” former NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said.

But Silver, designated as Stern’s successor in October 2012, knows that doesn’t mean it will always be easy.

“I didn’t have the same appreciation for what he was going through on a daily basis as the commissioner until I really thought about, ‘What if that were I and I had to make that decision?”’ Silver said. “And it’s very different being sort of the voice in the ear of the guy making the decision as opposed to the guy making the decision.”

Nonetheless, he believes the league is in a good place and ready to grow. He met with executives from Facebook and Twitter while visiting Sacramento and Golden State during his first week as commissioner, seeking ways to bring the NBA to a larger audience than ever.

“To me,” Silver said, “the game is fantastic. The challenge is to use these new technologies and platforms to help more fans discover the game.”

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