When David Stern officially retires from his position of NBA commissioner on Feb. 1, he'll leave the game in infinitely better shape than when he assumed the. NBA commissioner David Stern will retire on Feb. 1, , 30 years after he took charge of the league. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver will replace him. David Joel Stern (born September 22, ) is the former commissioner of the National On February 1, , Stern became the Commissioner of the NBA, Larry O'Brien · Adam Silver · Russ Granik · NBA dress code. Stern inherited Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as marketable superstars in their prime and ascended to his current job less than five months before Michael Jordan arrived. Most NBA fans age 25 or older can tell you precisely kissing game they were on Nov. The Dream Team, featuring Jordan, Magic, Bird and other All-NBA players, beat Croatia in Barcelona to capture the Olympic gold medal in August Auch Elia Harris l. Abbott Barksdale Bee Biasone H.