Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away at Age 77

January 01, 2020 - 4:42 pm

Former NBA commissioner David Stern passed away Wednesday, the league announced. Stern was 77.

Stern's death came as a result of a brain hemorrhage that he suffered in early December, the NBA says.

Stern was the NBA's commissioner from Feb. 1, 1984 to Jan. 31, 2014, when he was succeeded by Adam Silver. Silver, who had been Stern's deputy commissioner since 2006, issued a statement through the league talking about the impact that Stern's tenure had on the sport.

"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 and 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 ground-breaking 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 truly a global brand - making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but 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."

Future Basketball Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade is among those who have already issued statements on the impact that Stern had on the NBA:

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