David Stern, Former NBA Commissioner, Died – The former commissioner of the NBA for 30 years, David Stern died on Wednesday at age 77.
David Stern, Former NBA Commissioner, Died | David Stern Cause Of Death:
David Stern, who was credited with building the league into a vital global business, died in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at age 77.
NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern has died on Wednesday afternoon after the brain hemorrhage David Stern suffered approximately three weeks ago. David Stern’s wife, Dianne, and their family were with David Stern at his bedside.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement regarding the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern,
“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 every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.
The statement added, “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 modem 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.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “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.”
The game changed in so many ways under David Stern’s leadership and vision. He demanded the best of everyone because he gave it himself. #Respect Thank you Commissioner. RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/veT9GQfrdC
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 1, 2020
NBA Commissioner David Stern Passed Away:
Born on September 22, 1942, in Manhattan, to Anna and William Stern, a Jewish deli owner, David Stern grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey in a Jewish family, and is a graduate of Teaneck High School.
Stern became the Commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Larry O’Brien on February 1, 1984.
David Stern banned Micheal Ray Richardson, an All-Star guard for the Nets, from the N.B.A. for life in February 1986, after three positive drug tests. After that year, Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose.
Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Sarunas Marciulionis and other Europeans debuted to NBA in 1989.
In 1995, the NBA expanded into Canada, introducing the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies to the league and during David Stern’s tenure, a total of seven new franchises — the Hornets, Timberwolves, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Raptors, and Bobcats, were admitted to the NBA, bringing the number of NBA teams to 30.
Past and present NBA players celebrate David Stern 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RRBcyCQgxq
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 2, 2020
David Stern was married to Dianne Bock Stern, and the couple had two sons, Eric and Andrew. They resided in Scarsdale, New York. David Stern’s wife, Dianne, and their family were with David Stern at his bedside.
Jan 31, 2014, I had the chance to sit with David Stern for his last tv interview as @NBA Commissioner. I always enjoyed the challenge of interviewing him on tv/radio at the Finals. What a visionary and leader. Condolences to his wife Dianne, family and many friends. pic.twitter.com/5f4X1iCbD6
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) January 2, 2020