In what can only be described as the most shocking news of the offseason, NBA commissioner David Stern has announced his pending retirement (via ESPN.com). Stern will step down on February 1, 2014, thus appointing deputy commissioner Adam Silver as his heir apparent.
For those keeping track, Stern will step down on the 30-year anniversary of his first being appointed as NBA commissioner.
In that time, Stern has brought the NBA from virtual obscurity to a level of unforeseen global popularity. For that reason, heir apparent Silver will have gigantic shoes to fill as the leader of the National Basketball Association.
Can he fill them?
While that question cannot yet be answered, what is clear is that Silver must avoid tarnishing the imprint Stern has left on the NBA. In order to do so, Silver must avoid the fatal mistakes that will be outlined in the following slides.