Former NBA commissioner David Stern keeps busy these these days advising various organizations, and according to a report in the NY Post, his rich and influential friends think he should run for the mayorship of New York City.

Stern, 72, stepped down Feb 1, 2014, after running the League for three decades.

The ex-commish is a lifelong Democrat and has regularly contributed to the party, but says he has no interest in entering political life:

Friends of former NBA Commissioner David Stern are urging him to run for mayor in 2017, now that Mayor de Blasio is looking less likely to be re-elected to a second term. […] “He’s pretty bored,” said one source. “He’s always been interested in politics, and he’s always been interested in running for office.”

 

Stern is an associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Of $311,400 Stern has given to Democrats, $5,000 went to President Obama in 2012, and $30,800, the legal max, went to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2011. Not a cent went to Republicans.

 

“He’s tough as nails. He’s popular with the black community,” said one associate. “New York would be lucky to have him as mayor.” […] Stern, though “flattered,” said he is not interested in running. “I remain a happy Westchester resident and am very busy as a senior adviser to a number of enterprises.”