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Q&A: NBA commissioner David Stern

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: April 23, 2010 at 1:12 am •  Published: April 23, 2010
Impressed by OKC
NBA commissioner David Stern spent 18 minutes with the media before the Thunder and Lakers played Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff series Thursday night at the Ford Center.

What are your impressions of the Thunder after two seasons in Oklahoma City?

"It’s really quite extraordinary to see what has happened here. The (city officials’) support for the team. The economic support for the team. And the fan support for the team... We’ve spent a lot of time over the years to try and have a league where market size is not the differentiator in respect to competitiveness. It’s great to see the Thunder succeeding both on and off the court. It’s an interesting and growing and strategically motivated city. I’m pleased that the team and the NBA are sort of justifying the faith we had.”

What has impressed you most about Oklahoma City since it joined the league, first with the Hornets’ two years?

"This entire process of a city enduring such hurt and deciding to grow and rebuild and develop sort of a non-defeatist attitude, there may be parallels, but Oklahoma City is unique from the mayor to the city manager to the corporate citizen. They all feel an obligation to the community that may or may not be shared so uniformly in other cities.