David Stern retired without a victory lap or farewell tour. The only exception was a party staged for 75 people in New York City last weekend, where the former NBA commissioner was honored by his closest friends.
And at some point during the evening, new Commissioner Adam Silver leaned on Jerry Colangelo for a little help.
“He wants me to broker everything going forward between the NBA, the NCAA and all the constituents,” said Colangelo, current chairman of USA Basketball. “He wants to lift the bar in terms of youth development and where the game is going.”