Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away at Age of 77
Sad news to bring in the new decade.
On January 1, the NBA announced that former commissioner David Stern passed away at the age of 77. Stern, who spent 30 years as commissioner of the league suffered a brain hemorrhage on December 12 and underwent emergency surgery. His family was present bedside when he passed.
“The entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the National Basketball Players Association said. “David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants.”
Stern was originally involved with the NBA for two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984. An NBA lifer, Stern’s list of accomplishment is nothing short of impressive. A league that was struggling to stay relevant grew to a $5 billion a year industry when Stern stepped down from his post.
David Stern, the NBA commissioner who oversaw the sport's biggest stage for three decades, has died.
He was 77. pic.twitter.com/Zc9IngkTPI
— ESPN (@espn) January 1, 2020
“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,” said Adam Silver, the league’s new commissioner. “Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration.”
LeBron James echoed Silver’s sentiments last night.
“We lost a great visionary,” James said. “Him and Dr. James Naismith are the two most important people for the game of basketball. Dr. Naismith because he invented the game and David for his vision, his vision to make this game global.”
Truly, a difficult start to the decade.
“Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today,” Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan said. “He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before.”
Our condolences go out to the Stern family.