David Stern will retire in February of next year, meaning last night marked the final NBA draft of his 30-year career as commissioner. And as it happens, the New York—by way of Brooklyn—crowd welcomed Stern with a chorus of boos, a tradition exercised on years when Stern deserved it (the lockouts), and years when he didn't (pretty much every other year). Stern obviously has come to relish the behavior, and he really took his time announcing a few of the early picks last night, as any good heel should. His smirk, and "bring it on" hand gestures, might just be the lasting images from the insane 2013 draft.
It's worth noting that the first pick Stern ever announced, Hakeem Olajuwon, did help give the commish at least one cheer last night. As Stern prepared to hand the reigns over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, the Dream arrived in his 1984 tux and to stand by Stern as he announced his last pick ever, California's Allen Crabbe. The standing ovation was almost bizarre at that point.
[H/T: The Big Lead]