NBA commissioner David Stern is expected to tell NBA owners in April that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 season, according to a report by Mitch Lawrence in the New York Daily News. Lawrence cites "insiders" who say Stern originally planned to retire at the end of 2013, but has since changed his mind.
But what hasn't changed is the NBA's succession plan: Stern lieutenant Adam Silver is the overwhelming favorite to be elevated to commissioner once Stern leaves.
League suits say there probably won't even be a search conducted to find a successor and that deputy commissioner Adam Silver is a lock to succeed Stern, with one source saying Stern's lieutenant has the backing of almost 90% of the owners. All he needs is a simple majority.
Stern has been the NBA's commissioner since 1984. Silver, who became the NBA's deputy commissioner and chief operating officer in 2006, has been with the league since the 1990s.
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