7 Most Controversial Moments of David Stern's Reign as NBA Commissioner

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7 Most Controversial Moments of David Stern's Reign as NBA Commissioner
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David Stern has been the NBA commissioner since February1, 1984.

Over this nearly 30-year reign, much has changed for the league.

The defending champs when Stern took control were the Philadelphia 76ers with their reigning MVP Moses Malone. Current MVP LeBron James had yet to be born. Even the current NBA champion Miami Heat weren't "born" yet. They didn't come into existence until the 1988-89 season.

But Miami's franchise is one of the success stories for Stern. Including the Heat, seven franchises have been added during Stern's tenure as commissioner. The NBA has also seen a significant influx of foreign players to buoy the league's talent. After all, the No. 1 overall pick in his first draft as commissioner was Nigerian-born Hakeem Olajuwon.

With Olajuwon and Michael Jordan joining a bevy of existing stars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Julius Erving, Stern certainly had a good base for success over the ensuing decades.

However, if anyone does anything for nearly 30 years, that person is bound to make some mistakes. And for all that success, Stern has certainly made his share of downright controversial decisions.

From dress code violations to microfiber basketballs to greasing the wheels of franchise theft, here are the seven most controversial moments of David Stern's reign atop the NBA.

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