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Adam Silver Begins Tenure as NBA Commissioner

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Silver has been sworn in as the fifth commissioner in NBA history.  The NBA posted a picture on their Twitter account on Saturday with Silver holding a basketball and former commissioner David Stern shaking his hand.

Stern passes the torch to Silver after his 30-year run.

"It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by Commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were unimaginable even a short while ago," Stern wrote Friday in a email.

Silver was the league's lead negotiator during the 2011 collective bargaining negotiations and all NBA balls will have his signature on them.

"It's been David's show. Even up to the last meeting. But there has never been a question whether Adam was involved in every important decision," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an email on Friday.

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