David Stern, the former NBA commissioner for 30 years, died suddenly at the age of 77.
Per the NBA, Stern died today (January 1) following being treated for a brain hemorrhage he suffered about three weeks ago.
Current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement about Stern, “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…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.”
Stern was also helped found the WNBA during his time as commissioner of the NBA. Of his passing, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. The WNBA will be forever grateful for his exemplary leadership and vision that led to the founding of our league. His steadfast commitment to women’s sports was ahead of its time and has provided countless opportunities for women and young girls who aspire to play basketball. He will be missed.”
A number of current and former NBA figures and other sports icons shared tributes to Stern following his death. Here are a few notable ones.