Originally Posted by Bruce Hermansen Fan
Bird and Magic were already building the NBA before Stern took over in 1984.
Bird, Magic and Jordan were responsible for the growth of the Association in the 1980s and 1990s. Stern just so happened to be sitting in the Commissioners chair. Some one had to be sitting in the seat.
As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Bird/Magic/Jordan clearly did the heavy lifting. But the idea that Stern did nothing is pretty laughable.