David Stern has officially announced the last NBA draft pick of his career.
In somewhat appropriate fashion for the commissioner who was so vital in expanding the game overseas during his 30-year reign, his final pick turned out to be an international player—Nemanja Nedovic of Serbia.
It was a bit of a roller-coaster night for Stern.
He spent nearly the entire first round under heavy fire of boos from the audience at the Barclays Center on Thursday night, but he took it in stride, embracing the role of villain and continually making little jokes throughout.
For his last-ever pick, however, the crowd gave him a standing ovation in what turned out to be a very nice moment for the soon-to-be retired commissioner.
But it got even better as Hakeem Olajuwon joined him on the stage.
If you're wondering why that's so significant, the former Houston Rockets superstar was the first pick that Stern announced as commissioner way back in 1984.
To make things even better, Olajuwon was wearing the same suit he donned nearly 30 years ago when he was selected No. 1 overall.
Stern is undoubtedly a polarizing character in this league. It seems that there is no in between with him—NBA fans either love him or hate him. But this was a very nice—and appropriate—way for him to hand over the reigns to Adam Silver.
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