John Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame, had this to say on the announcement that David Stern is stepping down as NBA commissioner, effective Feb. 1, 2014:
“It’s been a wonderful relationship. I think he appreciates what we do in recognizing the best of the best. I also think he appreciates the fact that we salute all aspects of the game, not just the areas related to the NBA. In his visits here, he has shown an interest in what we do in the amateur game, the women’s game and the international.
“Clearly we’ve had the support of the NBA all the way through. But specifically in my time here, the last 13 years, the NBA has been intimately involved in everything from planning to human resources to publicly supporting what we do.”
— Scott Howard-Cooper