Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77

The NBA says former commissioner David Stern has died at age 77, nearly 3 weeks after suffering brain hemorrhage. (Photo via @NBA Twitter account)

By: The Associated Press
January 1, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says former commissioner David Stern has died at age 77, nearly 3 weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

The NBA's press release says Stern's family was at his side when he passed.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement about the news.

"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 very 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."

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