NBA establishes attendance record

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- The NBA Thursday reported the highest average attendance and the highest total attendance in league history during the 2005-06 regular season.

Gilbert Arenas becomes an all-star

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Guard Gilbert Arenas of Washington Friday was named to the Eastern Conference all-star team as a replacement for Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal.

Hornets return to Oklahoma City next year

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets will play most of its home games in Oklahoma City next season, NBA commissioner David Stern announced Tuesday.

Artest-for-Stojakovic trade finalized

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings finalized the Ron Artest-for-Peja Stojakovic trade Wednesday.

Indiana Pacers Artest fined by NBA

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest has been fined $10,000 for making public statements detrimental to the National Basketball Association. Artest told an interviewer that the club would be better off without him and said he wanted a trade.

Jazz are in for NBA sound experiment

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The NBA is planning an experiment with fans to see what would happen if the extra music, horns and sound effects were turned off during a game.

Pacers will try to trade unhappy Artest

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Indiana Pacers CEO and President Donnie Walsh said Monday the team will try to trade unhappy forward Ron Artest.

Granik to leave No. 2 NBA post

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Russ Granik has decided to step down as the NBA's deputy commissioner and chief operating officer at the end of the season.

Oklahoma City to be home base for Hornets

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City will be home to the New Orleans Hornets for the 2005-06 season.

Belkin sells interest in Atlanta Hawks

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Atlanta Hawks co-owner Steven Belkin Friday reached agreement with his co-owners to sell his ownership interest in Atlanta Spirit LLC, which owned the team.

NBA All-Star 2007 set for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Las Vegas will be the host city for NBA All-Star 2007, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Friday.

NBA and players' union agree on CBA

SAN ANTONIO, June 21 (UPI) -- The National Basketball Association and its players' union announced Tuesday the terms of a new six-year collective bargaining agreement.

Boys prefer sports on video games to TV

NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- Teenage boys would rather play sports video games than watch the real thing on television, The New York Times reports.

NBA sets European exhibitions

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Four NBA teams will play exhibition games against top European basketball teams in October 2006 and 2007, the NBA announced Tuesday.

Commissioners: Leglsiation too severe

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Commissioners from major team sports told Congress Wednesday that proposed steroid legislation contains penalties that are too harsh.
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David Stern
NBA Commissioner David J. Stern gives an improptu press conference before the New Orleans Hornets and Denver Nuggets game one of their opening round series at the Pepsi Center in Denver on April 19, 2009. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

David Joel Stern (born September 22, 1942) is the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He began his relationship with The Association in 1966 as outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984 succeeding Larry O'Brien. He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s. Stern has served on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

David Stern was born on September 22, 1942 in New York City, New York. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey in a Jewish family, and is a graduate of Teaneck High School. Stern attended Rutgers University, where in 1960 he pledged to the Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He graduated as B- dean's-list history student in 1963 and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966, and was admitted to the bar in New York later that year after passing the state's bar examination.

His first association with the NBA in 1966 was as an outside counsel at Proskauer Rose. In 1978, Stern became the NBA's General Counsel under Larry O'Brien. By 1980, he was Executive Vice President of the NBA. During this time, two landmark decisions were reached with the NBA Players' Association: drug testing and team salary cap. The drug testing dealt with the perception that most basketball players used drugs, that the NBA admitted it had a problem, and it was cleaning it up. The salary cap created a revenue-sharing system where owner and player were effectively partners. Both of these agreements solidified Stern's standing inside NBA circles.

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