10 Best Things David Stern Did for the NBA

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern built up a bit of an evil boss reputation, but there are a number of things basketball fans should be thankful to him for.

Even before becoming Commissioner, Stern, as Executive Vice President, was instrumental in making the NBA the first league to adopt a salary cap in the 1980s, giving cities a realistic shot of competing for championships regardless of their size. Based in the 37th-largest TV market in America, the San Antonio Spurs have won multiple championships since 1999 and are commonly regarded as the league’s model franchise.