Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is dead weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The 77-year-old had been hospitalized since December 12th when he collapsed in a New York restaurant.
Stern was the longest-serving commissioner in the league's history, holding the position for 30 years. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement calling Stern a mentor and one of his dearest friends. Silver went on to say that Stern took the helm of the league when it was at a crossroads and helped grow the NBA into the global brand it is today.
“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," Silver said in a statement. "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."
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