David Stern on Gary Bettman’s Hall of Fame induction

“I’m like a proud uncle,” Stern, commissioner of the NBA from 1984 to 2014, said in a recent phone interview with The Canadian Press. “It’s wonderful, he deserves it.”

Stern, who had practised law with Bettman earlier in their careers, joked that he kidnapped his future protege on the George Washington www.canadagoosediscount.co.uk Bridge in New York in 1981 so he could join him in the NBA’s league office.

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“I was proud when he was selected as commissioner,” said Stern, 76. “I was pained when people take all of these shots at him.

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“Gary made a huge impact in our lives and everybody’s lives in the NHL community,” said Brodeur, who was affected by all three lockouts during Bettman’s tenure. “There were tough times with work stoppages and all that, but at the end of the day he made us live a good life.

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Canada Goose sale The 66 year old Bettman said Friday after receiving his Hall of Fame ring that Stern prepared him for the rigours that come with being a commissioner. Canada Goose sale

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A more recent criticism one not directed at Bettman, but rather the Hall’s selection committee has been that an active commissioner shouldn’t Canada Goose sale be inducted while still in the job, although former NHL presidents Clarence Campbell and John Ziegler were both enshrined during their respective tenures.

“It’s an honour beyond comprehension,” Bettman said of entering the Hall. “I’m still a work in progress.”

He also still gets booed by fans nearly anywhere he goes the usual treatment came raining down from before Friday’s Hall of Fame game in Toronto but has come to embrace it as the years have passed.

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Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, Stern added that treatment simply comes with the territory.

“Oh, welcome to the club,” he continued. “Because (Bettman is) so protective of the game, he steps in front of uk canada goose outlet the speeding trains that have to be stopped.

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