When New Orleans host next season’s All-Star Game, it will mark the first time in 30 years David Stern won’t be in charge of overseeing the event as NBA Commissioner. Stern will retire Feb. 1, 2014, which is two weeks before the game will be played at the New Orleans Arena.

At his annual state of the league address at the Toyota Center Saturday night, Stern appeared like he has already begun the process of turning over the reins to his hand-picked successor Adam Silver, the current NBA Deputy Commissioner.

Usually Stern sits at the center of the table during his annual news conference during the All-Star weekend, but Silver was seated in that spot this time around with Stern on the right of him.

"Well, this is my 37th All-Star,’’ Stern said. "The first was 1976 in Philadelphia. And I would have say to my favorite memory actually compounded and growing to the present day is awarding Magic Johnson the MVP trophy in Orlando (in 1992). Giving sweaty Magic Johnson a big hug right after he hit the last three and still being able to hug him because he’s alive every time I see him. That is at the top of the list and it will not be easily dislodged. Even though I do enjoy every All-Star, that one will resonate for the rest of my life.’’