Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  19 responses

David Stern Awarded ‘Olympic Order’

by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

NBA Commissioner David Stern has been awarded the prestigious Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee. Stern, who’s helped develop and expand both the NBA and Olympic basketball, was presented with the award during half-time of the USA-Spain gold medal game Sunday afternoon. Stern has long worked towards integrating professional players into the Olympics, and has also heavily contributed to the advancement of women’s basketball, most notably pioneering the WNBA.

More details, via NBA.com:

Together with the then FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic—who was awarded the Olympic Order in 1985—Stern was the key figure in working towards the participation of professional basketball players in the Olympics, including those of the NBA. He received the award 20 years after the Barcelona Games, the first edition in which the non-amateur athletes were authorized to play the basketball tournament. “Thanks to your efforts, you have developed the NBA in a great way and you have developed the international aspect of basketball in a major way,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. Among other achievements singled out by Rogge, was his contribution to women’s sport thanks to the setting up of the WNBA, one of the first fully professional sports leagues for women. The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement and is awarded for the recognition of merits in the cause of sport or the Olympic Movement.

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  • WAT

    Hahahah..straight ILLUMINATI shiiit..ok stern impose ur will..

  • LA Huey

    “Borislav Stankovic” is a name fit for a gangster

  • miagus23

    ^only insteresting thing from this whole article lol

  • bdogg

    as long as sponsors do not go onto jerseys like europe and they do not do the 23 and under rule i am ok. i think it is time for stern to go but congrats on a job for the most part well done!

  • Sean

    Stern has done alot for the game despite being over controlling/protective of what he sees as his “financial assets”.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    You guys should try reddit.com/r/nba, I’m tired on waiting on slam for a decent commenting system. There’s a lot of knowledgeable people over there an good comments actually stand out.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Darth Stern…
    Bum bum bum bum ba de bum ba de bum.
    Da dum dum da da dum da da dum.

  • http://www.bustersbb.com New Allenp

    The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement, created by the International Olympic Committee in May 1975 as a successor to the Olympic Certificate previously awarded. The Olympic Order originally had three grades (gold, silver and bronze), although the bronze grade was retired in 1984. The Olympic Order is awarded to individuals for particularly distinguished contribution to the Olympic Movement. Traditionally, the chief organizer(s) of a particular Olympic Games is awarded the Olympic Order in Gold at the Games’ closing ceremony.

    The insignia of the Olympic Order is in the form of a collar (or chain), in gold, silver or bronze according to grade; the front of the chain features the five rings of the Olympic Movement, flanked on each side by an emblem of kotinos (olive wreath). On everyday occasions a small lapel badge, in the form of the five rings in gold, silver and bronze according to grade, may be worn instead.

    Nadia Comăneci is the only athlete to be awarded the Olympic Order twice (1984, 2004). In addition, she was the youngest recipient of the award.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Looks like the only under-23 rule will definitely be in effect come 2020…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose


  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed


  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    What is the Olympics coming too?

  • Ldub

    Would the “23 and under” rule be for Olympic play or international play? To me, we (USA) can expect to no longer be able to compete for a gold medal. The maturity of players physically and mentally would affect the game tremendously. Could you see a team of Rivers, Davis, Kyrie, Marshon Brooks repping USA when we have players like Durant, James, Chandler, Cp3, D. Williams available? The rule I understand would bring more attention to the FIBA world but its no good.

  • http://www.sportmentary.com Sportmentary

    What’s next, gar Bettman winning the ‘Olympic Order’ as well?

  • Brad09

    i dont say this often, but that man should be hit by a truck for the sick things hes brought to this game.

  • BallsDeep

    I have watched LBJ since he came to the league, and have been a NBA fan since the early 90′s, the prime days of basketball IMO. Yet, since LBJ’s rookie days, when he was already the king, I have seen LBJ get better, but I have seen nothing that makes me proclaim him king, like you all seem to. Also, I watch plenty of ball, so I do know what I’m talking about, but of-course, these are only my opinions, and are not fact.
    I’ve seen LBJ win, and lose for a long time. Because of your high expectations, you have wanted him to win, to be a winner, that I think a lot of you see more than what is there. LBJ is good at a lot of things, very good, but unlike Magic or Jordan etc he does not dominate in any statistic. He’s very good overall, but not excellent at anything. His passes are his best commodity, so really he can’t be compared with a MJ or even a KB. MJ was a lock-down defender. LBJ is not. MJ was pure offense, LBJ is not. Rebounding.. no.
    I hate to say it, especially after a MVP season and a ring and Olympic gold, but LBJ is overrated. Wade is way more clutch. LBJ won a ring because of Wade. Fact. Having watched the finals games and reg. seasom games and Olympics over and over I cannot justify the hype that is LBJ. He’s good, don’t get me wrong, but he sure as hell ain’t the best of this or any generation.
    There, I said it. Who’s with me?

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  • @Balls

    I completely understand where you are coming from, but haven’t you considered that maybe what makes him so good is the fact that he is such a great all around player. MJ is the G.O.A.T, but can you put him at centre? I think LBJ would be a great defender if the NBA wasn’t so soft anymore. LBJ knows his value to the team and is always careful about fouls. I’ve seen Jordan do some greasy stuff as a defender, but back then it was allowed. You’re right when it comes to the hype around LeBron. Bottom line is if you were to build a super team right now with the NBA’s current players, LeBron James is your first pick.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    “Wade is way more clutch. LBJ won a ring because of Wade. Fact. Having watched the finals games and reg. seasom games and Olympics over and over I cannot justify the hype that is LBJ.”

    you didnt watch this years playoffs thats for sure. NO bosh for half the playoffs. A gimpy Wade.
    lebron carried the heat to a ring. Even in the olympics he carried team usa for stretches.

    SAYING LBJ = OVERRATED = skip baylessesque