In honor of his predecessor's 30 years as the league's top boss, Silver should increase the number of All-Star players from 24 to 30.
Such a move would constitute a win-win-win by reducing the number of real and perceived snubs, increasing exposure for more of the game's top players and adding intrigue to a game that is often lacking in new faces.
Here are the six most deserving players (three from the Western Conference and three from the East) that could have been All-Stars this season under our proposed roster expansion:
• DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento: Yes, he's a head case who reportedly grabbed his crotch and yelled an expletive at a fan who badgered him during a game in December. He's also a statistical marvel who is averaging 22.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, an aggregate of 40.2 that's higher than those of All-Star frontcourt players Blake Griffin (37.9), Dwight Howard (34.9) and Dirk Nowitzki (32.4).
Goran Dragic, Phoenix: In the man-bites-dog department, the Suns are probably going to make the playoffs in a season when most thought they would vie only for top draft prospect Jabari Parker. Dragic is one of the biggest reasons why.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans: Grooming issues aside, the "Unibrow" has a player efficiency rating that's fifth best in the league. He's also a sentimental pick as the best player on the team hosting the All-Star game.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana: So what if he rubs a few people the wrong way by gyrating after big shots? The Pacers' breakthrough star has four triple-doubles, more than the rest of the East roster combined.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto: He's the best point guard in the East this season and is certainly more deserving than Brooklyn's Joe Johnson.
Al Jefferson, Charlotte: The Bobcats are fringe playoff contenders largely because they finally made a shrewd free-agent pickup with the former Utah Jazz big man, who has outperformed onetime teammate Paul Millsap of Atlanta, an All-Star selection.
What about 'Thunderstruck'?
Selected items from a "Late Show With David Letterman" top-10 list of things Stern learned in his tenure as commissioner:
10. Dr. J. is not a licensed physician.
9. The swish sound is made by a guy standing behind the basket.
5. No NBA star has ever made a bad motion picture.
4. The lowest-paid mascot in the league makes $5 million a year.
2. I am an inspiration to short, unathletic kids everywhere.