This wholesale enthusiasm for an NBA commissioner is something we haven't seen in some time. Stern had a relationship with everyone involved in working for or loving the NBA that can be summed up like this:
It's Silver's pragmatic-as-advertised style and openness to new ideas that has more progressive fans excited. David Stern, accomplished as he is, was known as an asshole. Silver's remodeled a commissioner's office that had grown out-of-touch (but never lacking in passion), and has instilled a new sense of drive and experimentation into its drapes. Find out what measures have actually been taken and what other advancements are currently underway within the NBA in Put in Work: What Adam Silver's Done Since Taking Over.