Former NBA commissioner David Joel Stern dies at 77

  • by VIPER, January 3, 2020

David Joel Stern, The 4th commissioner of the National Basketball Association died Wednesday (January 01, 2020), the NBA said. He was 77.

Stern died as a result of the brain hemorrhage he suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage that required emergency surgery, on December 12. Stern was not conscious since the incident and was on a breathing tube.

Adam Silver’s statement on passing of Commissioner David Stern

New Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement, “I had a courtside seat to watch Stern in action, for 22 years”. “He was one of my best friends and mentor as well. We enjoy our time at arenas, on planes, and in the office wherever the game will take us. Stern was full of energy about the fundamental-preparation, Focus to detail, and hard work. David also had extraordinary talents, like every NBA legend.”

Adam Silver also added in a statement, “He was not only one of the greatest NBA commissioners of all time but also one of the most successful business leaders of his generation. Adam also added that” our deepest condolences go out to Stern’s wife and their son as well as our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him.”

Cathy Engelbert’s statement on passing of Commissioner David Stern

The WNBA was found with the help of Stern in 1996 and played its inaugural season in 1997.

The commissioner of WNBA Cathy Engelbert said in a statement, “The WNBA will be grateful for his leadership and vision that led to the founding of our league. He has provided countless opportunities for women and girls who aspire to play basketball.

Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, tweeted:

“I can not put into words what the friendship of David Stern has meant to me but many others. He changed so many lives. David was a great innovator and made the game we love what it is today. This is a horrible loss. Our hearts are with Dianne & their family. RIP my friend. @NBA”

Johnson, recalled working with Stern, tweeted:

“I remember one of my meetings with David in his NYC office working with him to improve the overall NBA and All-Star Weekend,” Johnson wrote. “It was very special that he asked me and we were able to collaborate and make improvements.”

Shaquille O’Neal said no other league had a better leader, tweeted:

“The best commissioner to ever do it”

Early Life

David Joel Stern (September 22, 1992 – January 1, 2020) was born in Manhattan, New York City. His father ran a Jewish delicatessen in New York City, he grew up a New York Knicks supporter and attended games with his father at Madison Square Garden.

Stern graduated school level from Teaneck High School in 1959 and graduated university in 1963 with a B.A from Rutgers University. Stern went to law school known as Columbia University, achieving a J.D in 1966.

NBA Commissioner

David Joel Stern was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1984 to 2014. In 1966, he started with the NBA as an outside counsel, joined the NBA as general counsel in 1978, furthermore became the league’s executive vice president in 1980. In 1984, he became the fourth commissioner of the NBA after Larry O’Brien. In the history of major North American sports leagues, Stern resigned as the longest-tenured commissioner after 30 years.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Stern was credited with developing the NBA’s audience, moreover increasing the popularity of the NBA. He had also been owned by setting training camps, playing exhibition games, and recruiting more international players. NBA opened 12 offices in cities outside the United States with stern’s guidance. Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA G League were found with the help of Stern. The NBA established its social responsibility program, furthermore launched its digital presence with NBA.com, NBA TV, NBA League Pass.

What David Stern Did for the NBA

When Stern took his seat as NBA commissioner in 1984, several franchises were in financial turbulence and television revenues were low. But he quickly got to work.

According to Forbes, the player’s salary cap grew from $3.6 million to just under $59 million over 30 years of his hard work.

While franchise values jumped from $400 million to $19 billion, and television revenues jumped from around $22 million to about $930 million when David retired, the magazine reported.

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