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How Will Stern’s Retirement Affect UK?


He once threw three goggles? I guess he’s okay in my book.


David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, announced Thursday his plans to retire in February of 2014, at which time he will hand the reins over to Adam Silver, the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the NBA. Silver knows every inch of the NBA and has held several positions over the past twenty years, such as President of Entertainment and Chief of Staff. He’s got degrees from Duke and University of Chicago and was a lawyer before sending a letter to David Stern asking for career advice and somehow winding up with a job as Stern’s special assistant in the process. Adam Silver- he’s not a businessman, he’s a business, maaaaaan.



Silver’s eventual job as commissioner is no strange hire to anyone who has followed the NBA recently; the NBA employment trend has been to hire businessmen, lawyers, and executives to globalize the league and increase entertainment revenue. Owners and coaches are getting younger and younger; Mark Cuban, Robert Pera, and Erik Spoelstra are the norm now rather than the exception. The league has star power athletes, high television ratings, a global image, solid finances, and a hand in the growth of mobile entertainment. It’s an exciting time for the NBA.


So how will this affect Kentucky’s program? After all, we’ve had closer ties to the NBA in the past three years than arguably any other school in college basketball. What can Adam Silver do for UK?


Well, first of all, Kentucky’s brand is going to continue growing under the NBA’s new leadership. With major television contracts and the focus on building athletes as personalities rather than just robot basketball players, lovable UK alum such as DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Harrellson, and Anthony Davis have the chance to reach fans not only in the United States, but internationally as well. As our former players get more exposure, so will UK’s program- John Calipari will make sure of that.



Better recruiting goes hand-in-hand with greater exposure, so Silver’s ascension to commissioner can help ensure Kentucky’s elite status for years to come. How many times have we heard recruits say that they want to play for Kentucky and Calipari because they want to be prepared for the big leagues? The kind of publicity that we get from our alumni is priceless.


And finally, the question everyone invested in Kentucky’s program wants to know about- what about the age limit on the NBA draft? Stern has been dead set on the one year of college/at least 19 years old requirement to enter the draft and even wants to add one more year on; will Silver mess with that? I’m not so sure. Silver has been Stern’s right hand man on every issue in the NBA thus far, and it’s hard to see him changing something that his boss felt so strongly about. If Silver’s goal is to increase the NBA’s entertainment value, it’s to his and the league’s advantage to ensure players are as ready as they can be for the jump to the pros by making them wait a little while before entering the draft. A more mature player with a stronger game is better for the NBA in both public relations and entertainment. So hey, more good news for Kentucky fans! We still get to enjoy these talented players for at least the one year that they are currently required to play, and if the rule changes to two years, we can’t really complain about that either. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Davis and MKG try for the repeat? (Besides Calipari who fears injuries- but since all college players would be required to stay two years, it would be an even playing field) Players sticking around for longer means that with our A1 recruiting, we would have tremendous chances at multiple national championships. Do we have room for more banners in the rafters of Rupp? That was a rhetorical question.


So, when Adam Silver takes over next season, Kentucky fans should pay close attention- his moves as commissioner are going to have a positive impact on our program. Hi-ho, Silver!



Article written by Kristen Geil

21 Comments for How Will Stern’s Retirement Affect UK?

  1. Geez
    9:37 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Are you kidding now the Nba is working with Uk globally so full of yourselves about this Calipari stuff.

  2. James K
    9:56 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I really can’t believe we aren’t talking about this NOLA/Heat game right now. It is literally a Kentucky commercial. Darius is shooting it very well and Anthony is killing it.

  3. Van Gundy's Brother
    9:59 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Just left a lengthy comment on previous post about that #2. Miller going well. Van GUndy gushing over Cal, All access, and Darius.

  4. Cats in the NBA
    10:03 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    What a wasted pick on Austin Rivers. That chump is beyond useless.

  5. Robics hair
    10:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Davis and Miller are balln, Rivers is crying!!

  6. James K
    10:10 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I saw Rivers at the Summer League, and let me just say… that kid is a child. I don’t mean maturity wise (he might be), but he is YOUNG. Very young.

  7. Cats in the NBA
    10:22 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Damn… Anthony Davis is a MAN out there. Glad I paid for the League Pass for my phone this year…

  8. Don't quit your day job
    11:54 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    This piece is nothing but purely speculative b*llshit. Were you given no time to actually research the new commissioners feelings on any of these topics. Even one piece of factual information would have been awesome.

  9. Duke Sucks
    11:57 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they don’t extend the rule to 2 years. We have been lucky so far that Cal has got good kids who have done things the right way and finish out the second semester even though it’s no benefit to them. Just think about what would happen if the league made kids stay 1 more year when they don’t want to. Some of these kids like Bledsoe come from real bad situations and taking money from agents would be just too tempting and I Realy couldn’t blame them.
    Could you imagine if LeBron was forced to stay in collage for 2 years? Any school that got him could have very well been on probation by the end of year 2. The rule for the most part is working good for the NCAA, NBA, and the kids the way it is right now leave it alone. If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.

  10. Duke Sucks
    1:01 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Really #8. What qualifies you to be a expert on this subject? Seeing how Silver has worked closely with stern for so many years most logical people would agree with the writer that their overall views on most issues would be siimular. People like you sicken me coming to a FREE site and bitching about the content. Why would you waste any of your time on a site that is so far below your level. Why your at it way not move out of your mothers basement and stop trying to wear her clothing. What a joke

  11. Dave in Bangkok
    3:27 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    WOW! You guys are hard to please.

    I thought it was a great opinion piece.

    Sounds to me like she did some research. She referenced the professional relationship and other tidbits. What do you want? A bibliography? Footnotes?

    As long as Cal is putting guys like Davis, MKG, Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe and others into the league, the NBA will be excellent advertising for the Kentucky Basketball program.

    What part of that is difficult to understand?

    Look at the Olympics. Davis in the Olympics was a recruiting commercial for Kentucky Basketball. If you don’t think it was, you’re missing the BIG picture.

    Damn…hard to please bastards!

    The site is free. If you don’t like it, go pay Catspause. F’nA!!!

  12. Dave in Bangkok
    3:29 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    It’s only no benefit to the kid to finish his semester if he’s a moron. The NBA will be a place of employment on average for 5 to ten years for most of these guys. After that, if they’re smart…they’ll have finished their degree for the next phase of their lives.

  13. Mike
    4:36 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    2 years may create a more even playing field. UK could only have so many players so new recruits would be forced to pick other schools. As is, we are dominating recruiting. Not as much if the 2 year rule was put in place.

  14. Please learn to write and spell before posting comments
    5:14 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    @10 what does “siimular” mean?

  15. Dave in Bangkok
    5:24 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    #14 it means not skinny but sorta close to it

    bu fairly certain that was a type and I’m sure that YOU never, never, never, ever ever ever ever ever make typos…

  16. Please learn to write and spell before posting comments
    6:06 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    @16 “bu fairly certain was a type”….wow Dave, they must not have schools in Bangkok.

  17. pls don't be a c*ck
    6:40 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    There’s nothing worse than fags who hide behind a keyboard in their Mommy’s basement.

  18. barn
    8:24 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    what did i miss? i didn’t see anything in this post to suggest the new commish would be a positive for UK

  19. wow
    2:19 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    #18 yeah, you should get out of your mom’s basement and maybe out of the closet also.

  20. Drunken Laura
    5:41 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I just love it that 3 Jews continue to rule the world.

    Jesus, Silver, and Stern.