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Former NBA commissioner Stern dies at 77

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern passed away yesterday as a result of the brain hemorrhage he suffered approximately three weeks ago.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement:

“For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action.  He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends.  We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us.  Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.

“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads.  But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA.  He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world.  Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand – making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.

“Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration.  Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him.”

Stern is credited with spearheading the league to global popularity after it was in financial distress during his time as commissioner between the year 1984-2014 and is now a multibillion-dollar global enterprise.

During his tenure at the helm of the league, he increased its popularity by pushing the individual talents of legends such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

During Stern era, the NBA expanded by seven teams and six teams relocated. He also contributed to the founding of the WNBA, which had its inaugural season in 1997.

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