Adam Silver begins reign as NBA commissioner

Adam Silver officially begins his reign as NBA commissioner following David Stern's retirement.

Adam Silver has officially taken over from David Stern as commissioner of the NBA.

The league's fourth commissioner has retired after a 30-year spell at the helm.

In a thank you email to the media, Stern said: "It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were unimaginable even a short while ago."

Silver has been Stern's deputy since 2006, having joined the league as the commissioner's assistant in 1992.

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