David Stern

Racist NBA Owner Donald Sterling Has Been Banned for Life. But This Story’s Only Just Begun.
April 29, 2014

In banning racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, NBA commissioner Adam Silver staked his claim to the league and did right by his players.

Donald Sterling Is a Blight on Jews’ History in Basketball
April 29, 2014

A small piece of the sadness that is the Donald Sterling mess derives from the fact that he is Jewish, and basketball has historically been a crucial part of Jewish-black relations.

Marvin Miller, 1917-2012: Cooperstown’s Most Glaring Omission
November 28, 2012

On Tuesday, Marvin Miller, the “father of sports free agency,” died at the age of 95. In an essay from Jewish Jocks, a new book about important Jewish sports figures edited by TNR’s Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, Dahlia Lithwick recounts Miller’s battle with sports owners–and the failed efforts to enshrine him in the baseball hall of fame. When the Sporting News tallied up the “most powerful people in sports for the 20th century,” it ranked Marvin Miller fifth, sandwiched between Branch Rickey and David Stern.

Will We Miss David Stern’s Heavy Hands?
October 26, 2012

David Stern represented the contradictions of a liberal in power. A look at his legacy.

The NBA Is Destroying its Brand. How Did it Come to This?
November 21, 2011

Professional basketball’s labor negotiations have so far moved through three stages: Very public grandstanding, mean-spirited negotiations, and a series of far-flung ultimatums. We are now in the post-negotiations phase—a phase that David Stern, Comissioner of the NBA, has referred to as “nuclear”—in which each of the three parties involved has gone its own way. The NBA—for labor purposes, the team owners and Stern—have yanked their best worst offer and replaced it with one that would undo decades of uneasy cooperation.

The Hurt Locker
January 11, 2010

If you don't follow the NBA, the name Stephen Jackson might not immediately ring a bell. Allow me to reacquaint you. Jackson was the kindly Samaritan who followed his then-Indiana Pacers teammate Ron Artest into the stands to slap some fans around during a 2004 brawl with the Detroit Pistons. For this Jackson received a 30-game suspension. It turned out to be such a life-altering experience that Jackson would never again use his hands as a weapon in public. Not even close. The next time Jackson chose to disturb the peace, he would brandish a bona fide weapon--a 9 mm pistol.