For Silver, his first major test probably happened a bit sooner than he would have hoped.
Fortunately for Silver, he handled the Donald Sterling debacle with great poise and efficiency, handing down a lifetime ban to the Clippers owner.
Swift, effective and judicious.
Had Silver waited even 12 hours longer, he would have had quite the situation on his hands, with NBA playoff teams prepared to boycott last night's games.
On one hand, kudos to Silver for moving quickly enough to avoid that.
On the other hand, it sure would have been a site to see, if the teams had followed through on their plans.
Marcus Thompson II of Bay Area News Group painted a fascinating picture of how the Golden State Warriors would have handled it, and it seems like something that could have been a moment for the ages.
Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them."
Warriors star Steph Curry explains exactly why that was the Warriors' plan:
Great job by Silver to act promptly and effectively, even if his demand that Sterling sell the team won't be as easy as it seems.
Still, Sterling is 80 years old. He's already passed on control of the team to his estranged wife Rochelle, and his impact on the team will be zero from here on out. The NBA has purged itself of its most despicable owner, and the league will be better for it, no matter who technically owns the team.