David Stern has migrated north.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
NEW YORK — David Stern has migrated to that big hoops franchise in the sky. The former NBA Commissioner died on New Year’s Day. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage three weeks ago that required emergency surgery. He was encircled bedside by a close knit retinue of family and friends when he took his last breath. The league remains in mourning. “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. “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.”
RIP Mr David Stern
The best commissioner to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/SgO0hMX3Ia
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“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads,” Silver continued. “But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern 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.”
Stern leaves behind his wife, Dianne, and their two sons — Andrew and Eric.
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