Posted October 25, 2012

In Focus: David Stern

David Stern, In Focus, Photos

David Stern and Hakeem Olajuwon at the 1984 draft. (Noren Trotman/Getty Images)

By Andy Gray

David Stern, who has been NBA commissioner since 1984, announced that he’ll step down from the post in 2014. Here is a look back at some memorable photos of the soon-to-be former commissioner.

Stern and the NBA champion Lakers visit President Reagan at The White House in 1985. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)


Stern and Kevin Garnett at the 1995 draft. (Manny Millan/SI)


Stern and Bryant “Big Country” Reeves at the 1995 draft. (Manny Millan/SI)


Stern hands Michael Jordan the 1996 MVP Award. (John Biever/SI)


David Stern’s 1998 lockout beard. (Ray Abrams/Getty Images)


Stern and LeBron James at the 2003 NBA draft. (Manny Millan/SI)


Stern awards Kobe Bryant the MVP Award of the 2011 All-Star Game. (John W. McDonough/SI)