Michael Ray Richardson (1986): Nicknamed “Sugar Ray,” the former Warriors, Knicks and Nets guard showed incredible promise as a scorer and distributor, leading the league in both assists and steals and making four All-Star teams. A cocaine addict, he also failed three drug tests and was banned from the game for two years by David Stern in 1986. Upon his reinstatement in 1988 at age 32, NBA teams passed on rehiring Richardson. Michael Ray is now clean after battling relapses. – Kelly Dwyer
David Stern’s 10 most notorious fines and suspensions
During his 30-year stay as NBA commissioner, David Stern handed out some hefty punishment to those who ran afoul of him or the league. Mark Cuban and Ron Artest are both a lot lighter in the wallet thanks to Stern.