Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NBA commissioner David Stern impressed with Sixers owners

At the Associated Press Sports Editors meeting with NBA commissioner David Stern yesterday, Stern said he is impressed with what the Sixers' new owners have done in their first season.

NBA commissioner David Stern impressed with Sixers owners

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When David Stern looks at the Sixers in their first year under new ownership, he sees a "great situation," he said yesterday during an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting.

"What a league looks for with ownership is right from central casting," the NBA commissioner said during  the APSE commissioners meetings in New York. "They have put professional people in place with (president) Rod (Thorn), (CEO) Adam (Aron) and (coach) Doug (Collins) and their staffs. They gave them support. They led the league in increased attendance.  The franchise is in strong hands. They are going to have to learn to live with the ups and downs on the court, but the business is doing better than it could have. It's a great situation for the fans.  They have been coming out in big numbers, with sellouts at the end of the season."

The Sixers averaged 17,502 in their 33 home games this season, good for 15th in the league in home attendance. Last season, they averaged just 14,741, which ranked 25th in the NBA.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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