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.

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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.