On October 25, 2012, NBA commissioner David J. Stern announced he will retire effective February 1, 2014, precisely 30 years from the day he took office.
Stern's tenure as NBA commissioner has been an amalgamation of unprecedented success and controversial moments.
As unpopular as some of his relatively recent decisions have been, such as the handling of the lockout last year and the nixing of the trade that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, that the NBA is on much more stable footing now than it was when Stern took over is undeniable.
For better or worse, Stern has a large and storied body of work as NBA commissioner. Despite his final day being etched in stone, Stern should by no means kick back and rest on his laurels.
The NBA would be in fine shape if he chose to make no waves and simply maintained the status quo until he hands the reins over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver. But there are numerous improvements that should be made.
Planning for the future, rectifying past mistakes and preventing catastrophes from recurring should hold equal importance for Stern from now until he retires.
Here are the top five things that should top Stern's priority list.