David Stern helped bring basketball to millions who were either unaware of or unable to enjoy the NBA previously. He also cost thousands of Americans jobs during two lengthy lockouts. His arrogance and ego often got in the way of the game’s best interests, as did his insistence on earning more profits for the 30 NBA owners, who, it can be argued, Stern cares about more than the game itself, or the actual game.

BDL Editor Kelly Dwyer on Stern’s complicated legacy and the end of his reign.