Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.
Over the years, Stern’s strict on/off-court policies has given him the reputation of an almighty dictator among players, owners and fans.
Since the NBA Draft is usually the only way for the everyday fan to interact with Stern, the ritual of Stern announcing the first 30 picks of the NBA Draft usually involves a plethora of boos and curse words, and since the event is usually held in New York, and this year in Brooklyn, it really feels like watching a villain enter a WWE wrestling fight.
Last night was different. Since it was Stern’s final appearance as the draft announcer, he took it upon himself to acknowledge, and even enjoy, the warm welcome he received from local NBA fans. At one point he even took it upon himself to tease the fans and in a very nebechy way said, “I can’t hear you.”
Oh David, We’ll miss you, you evil yet adorable man.
Watch the supercut here: