David Stern retired as NBA commissioner last year, and he has mostly remained out of the spotlight since.
But he could make a big return if his friends have their way.
Friends of former NBA Commissioner David Stern are urging him to run for mayor in 2017, now that Mayor de Blasio is looking less likely to be re-elected to a second term.
Stern, a lifelong Democrat who has regularly contributed to the party, will be retired for two years in February.
“He’s pretty bored,” said one source. “He’s always been interested in politics, and he’s always been interested in running for office.”
Stern, though “flattered,” said he is not interested in running. “I remain a happy Westchester resident and am very busy as a senior adviser to a number of enterprises.”
Everyone say’s they’re not interested in running until they run. I wouldn’t rule out Stern just based on these comments. Of course, I wouldn’t rule him in, either.
Would Stern make a good mayor?
The NBA grew tremendously under his watch. How much of that can be directly attributed to him is a more complex question. Some, certainly. A lot, probably.
Stern was lucky enough to take over as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird blossomed and the world shrunk. But Stern adeptly maximized the available marketing opportunities, turning the NBA into a global force.
Growing a private business is obviously not the same as running a city. Stern’s experience could translate, though.
If I were a New Yorker, I’d at least be interested in hearing his political ideas if he runs.