Re: I think it may be time for Stern to step down...
In my opinion there are no NBA players, past or present, who are capable of being the Commissioner of the league. Consider David Stern, who, aside from being a lawyer, had accrued more than 18 years of experience in business and labour relations within the league by the time he took the top job. There's probably only a handful of people on the planet who are as qualified for the Commissioner's job as David Stern was when he took over in 1984, and unsurprisingly, none of them are professional athletes.
To sum up, I do not think that David Stern should step down, and I certainly do not think he should be replaced by a former player. In terms of the former, I don't think there is anyone else on the planet who can help save the NBA's reputation from the ravages of the Donaghy scandal. In terms of the latter, if a nationwide television network was looking for a new CEO, I wouldn't recommend that they hire an ex-actor, either.