NBA commissioner David Stern, who presided over his final All-Star Game on Sunday, shared his favorite All-Star memory.
“I would have to say my favorite memory actually compounded and growing to the present day is awarding Magic Johnson the MVP trophy in Orlando,” Stern said. “Giving sweaty Magic Johnson a big hug right after he hit the last 3 and still being able to hug him, because he's alive, every time I see him. That is at the top of the list. And it will not easily be dislodged. Even though I do enjoy every All-Star, that one will resonate for the rest of my life.”
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the league is looking into future All-Star plans, which could include international cities, neutral cities and revamping All-Star Saturday night. … Stern said this weekend that “lots of exhibition travel” is on the horizon but said there is nothing to announce at the moment. It's possible the Thunder could soon play a preseason game overseas. … When asked if basketball fans in Seattle should be worried about Thunder chairman Clay Bennett doubling as the chairman of the relocation committee, Stern said “absolutely not.”
FACES IN THE CROWD
Celebrities in the crowd included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Kevin Hart, Julius Erving, Gary Payton, Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas, Nick Cannon, Terrell Owens, 2 Chainz, Nas, George Gervin and Bill Bellamy.
Stern on the prospects of the NBA in Seattle: “I'd like to see the NBA go back there.”