David Stern Credits Bill Russell, Others During Basketball HOF Induction
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern was inducted into the Basketball HOF on Friday, and was joined on stage by fellow HOFers Bill Russell, Russ Granik, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Bob Lanier. Stern credited Russell for "being a part of the NBA's civil rights movement." Stern "preached the totality of basketball, and how everything comes back to the actual game" (Springfield REPUBLICAN, 8/10). Stern during the ceremony was "deferential." He "didn't call out his critics," but instead "capitulated to them." He was the "headliner of this class, the man given the honor of going last" (ESPN.com, 8/9).