I doubt Stern retires and simply goes into hiding. Not usually how it works with people who've had very powerful positions. They consult in some manner, whether publicly or privately, and I'd wager Silver will lean on Stern. If Silver screws up then Stern looks bad in his grooming of him and picking him as his replacement.
“Sacramento is where I want to be,’’ he said. “I want to bring the organization back, help the organization get started back winning. I love the city of Sacramento. That’s where I want to be. End of story. “We can dig a hole, throw that topic in there, cover it with dirt, pack it down. I want to be in Sacramento. End of story.’’ -DeMarcus Cousins
Our franchise literally is about to rise from the ashes.