Former Commissioner Stern Believes TO is a Destination for NBA Players
Toronto is the place to be.
“It has not worn off, it has been exploded off,” said David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, in phone interview with The Canadian Press. “Toronto has the most wonderful array of sports assets and a cosmopolitan community and a great building.
“It’s a pleasure to see that it is a destination city that players want to go to.”
David Stern was the league’s commissioner from 1984 to 2004, after which, Adam Silver took over.
As the Toronto Raptors continue to find success, turning around into one of the top NBA teams of the decade, everyone is starting to recognize the great revolution of basketball in the country. Thanks to the work of the likes of Masai Ujiri, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Dwane Casey, the Raptors have turned into booming success for the league.
“I consider [Toronto] a great success,” Stern said. “Just as I consider Vancouver to be one of our failures.”
The now Memphis Grizzlies spent a hot minute in Vancouver before the long list of issues, including poor team play and questionable front-office personnel, forced the team to relocate in the United States. In Memphis, the Grizzlies finally found the success they were craving, with ‘The Grind Era’ bringing basketball in the city to prominence.
“It doesn’t gnaw [at me],” Stern said. “But when I think of it I regret that it was never really [given] the attention that it deserved, because it’s a beautiful and extraordinary city.”
Stern still believes that an NBA team on the West coast is still a possibility.
“I would never say never about anything,” he said. “I’m an observer, so I’m watching from afar as they build a $700-million US building in Seattle.
“Vancouver still has a great building that it had when we were there.”
That being said, the Raptors remain Canada’s team and it has the entire country feeling some basketball fever!