Since February 1, 1984, the NBA has been under the watch of commissioner David Stern. For 28 exhilarating years, Stern has provided us with phenomenal basketball, unparalleled brand expansion and financial wizardry.
As of February 1, 2014, that reign of brilliance will come to a close.
Stern, who turned 70 last month, will retire on the 30-year anniversary of being hired (via ESPN). Next in line to take on the commissioner duties will be deputy commissioner Adam Silver.
"It's been a great run. The league is in, I think, terrific condition," Stern said. "I'd like to think I did an adequate job. But one of the things I did best was provide a successor. I'm not going anyplace in the next 15 months, but this gives us the opportunity to have a very smooth transition."
This is going to be the end of an extraordinary era. As for those who missed out on what Stern has accomplished, the following 10 slides will offer insight into the memorable, and not-so pleasant, moments of his tenure.
Each of these has defined his legacy as one of the greatest commissioners in the history of sports.