“I think he’s leaving the game in great hands, which is a direct correlation to his work, and he should be proud of that,” Vaughn said today, after the
McHale, of course, was a member of the great
"I think he's been a great commissioner," McHale said of Stern. "A lot of times in life, you've got to match up the right timing with the right plan, and the timing was Magic and Larry, and the plan was really promoted. It worked out really well. It really did.
"When I first got in the NBA, the Finals were tape-delayed," McHale added. "It wasn't a huge event as it is now, and within probably two or three years of David taking over, it became a much, much, much, much bigger thing."
Vaughn has met Stern only in passing.
But Vaughn grew up attuned to the NBA, especially to the Lakers, in the 1980s.
I asked Vaughn to evaluate Stern's greatest achievement.
"The growth of the game, the popularity of the game, the direction that the game is going in right now," Vaughn said.
"As a fan, the game is at a great place. It's exciting. [There's] great, young talent to carry our game forward for a long time."