President? King? Commissioner?
Yes, David Stern's accomplishments as NBA commissioner have been significant since he took office in 1984. Here are some signature moments of his tenure, in no particular order:
— The average NBA player salary skyrocketed from $250,000 when Stern took over to $5 million.
— The Dream Team's Olympic participation, starting in 1992 at the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain. Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan lighted the torch and the legacy has endured, landing in the safe hands of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in the London Games last summer.
— Impressive league expansion under his watch. There were 23 teams when Stern arrived, and he has added seven franchises in the United States and Canada. Exhibition games have been played in China, Russia and Mexico, and NBA games are telecast in 215 countries.