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SBD/October 26, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
You Got The Silver: Stern's Successor Should Easily Transition To New Role
Published October 26, 2012
OPPOSITES ATTRACT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Cacciola, Jones & Futterman write Silver has "always functioned a bit like Stern's photographic negative: Where the commissioner can be argumentative, caustic and stubborn, Silver is dispassionate, congenial and practical." Former Nike, adidas and Reebok exec Sonny Vaccaro said, "They are absolutely two different people" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/26). NBA.com's Fran Blinebury wrote a difference in management style "is what some think will set the two regimes apart." While Stern "has always been a 'top-down' manager, Silver is said to be 'more collaborative' and will seek out opinions from the individual teams and try to a build consensus to solve problems" (NBA.com, 10/25). ESPN's Michael Wibon said Silver has “his own ideas and he’s his own man even though he has worked so closely with David Stern” ("PTI," ESPN, 10/25). Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski noted Silver has “built good relationships with the younger owners who are now the powerbrokers in the league," but that could "work against" him in some ways. Wojnarowski: "There’s a lot of people, in talking to owners and executives in the league, their question for Adam Silver right now is, ‘Is he going to be an extension of Stern?' Is he going to continue to have the hardline, centralized power of the league office where a lot of owners now want more state power and they to want have more say in things?” ("NBC Sports Talk," NBC Sports Network, 10/25).
SOUNDING OFF: ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein answered a question about what they expect from Silver's tenure. Broussard writes he expects Silver "to carry out Stern's vision to turn the NBA into a global sport and over time, perhaps have franchises overseas." Windhorst writes, "Silver is remarkably intelligent and seems more open minded and interested in a wider range of issues." He comes "from a different generation and it shows." Stein: "I can assure you that Silver has been doing a lot behind the scenes. ... I can also assure you that Silver already has the respect of a lot of people in this league for the, shall we say, more diplomatic way he operates. There are a handful of teams out there quietly looking forward to dealing with him instead of his let's-do-it-my-way mentor" (ESPN.com, 10/26).