David Stern served as NBA commissioner for 30 years. He officially succeeded Larry O'Brien on Feb. 1, 1984, and stepped down on Jan. 31, 2014.
A couple months later, the Warriors lost to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Fast forward to today, and Golden State has "ruined the NBA" in the eyes of many.
But Stern doesn't feel that way whatsoever. In fact, he's singing a different tune and believes the Warriors' dominance is great.
"They've got a great team. Interesting players, a dynamic coach, owners that demonstrate that they care, they're about to open up a billion-dollar-plus building ... I think it's only good," Stern told Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated. "And I don't believe in the debate about superteams, because when I started there were two superteams: the Celtics and Lakers.
"Look at the attendance and the ratings and the product sales. We're the most metricized business there is, and all signs are positive."
Smart man that David Stern ...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller