In professional sports, the less the owner is seen and/or heard, usually, the more successful the franchise is. The best owners simply hire people who know their respective leagues to put together rosters, manage salary caps and coach players.
Meddlesome is mostly a bad word in these circles; the winningest owners are the ones who get out of the way while still showing enough of a financial commitment to ensure his or her team's competitiveness year in and year out.
Throughout its 66 year history, the NBA has featured a wide variety of ownerships, some far more colorful than others, many meddlesome, several ineffectual. But there have been a handful of owners over the years whose work has not only enhanced the reputation, financial standing and historical resonance of their teams, but the entire league as well. Here's a list of some of the best owners in NBA history.