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- Nov 27, 2006
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Fortunately for us, the Commish never wavered. Not only did he keep the All-Star Game in New Orleans and pull off a safe weekend, but he committed to the single largest day of community service in the history of professional sports -- a group of 2,500 people that included players, NBA employees, media people, investors, sponsors and politicians spending Friday afternoon at 10 different locations -- that lifted the spirits of everyone in the area. At the age of 65, following a tumultuous 2007 season that had insiders quietly wondering if he should step down soon, David Stern turned in what was unquestionably his greatest moment. I really believe that. It's one thing to make everyone rich; it's another thing to enrich people's lives.
For Simmons fans:
Do you remember the heat he took when the Pats played the Rams in 02? He blogged his week in NO and mentioned it was dirty and smelly on bourbon (I think) He was taken to task.
I quite frankly have avoided the NBA the last ten years despite the fact I was a big Jazz fan way back when. I think this new crop of players will bring a lot of fans back to the game.