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David Stern, Former Longtime NBA Commissioner, Dead at 77

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Published on January 2, 2020 - Duration: 01:34s

David Stern, Former Longtime NBA Commissioner, Dead at 77

David Stern, Former Longtime NBA Commissioner, Dead at 77.

According to the league, his death was in relation to a brain hemorrhage suffered last month.

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Stern became commissioner back in 1984 and went on to lead the NBA through its most prosperous era.

While in the role, NBA TV revenue grew from $10 million to $900 million annually.

Stern retired in 2014 and was replaced by current commissioner Adam Silver.

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, Adam Silver, via statement.

Besides his development of men's pro basketball, Stern also helped create the WNBA.

The WNBA will be forever grateful for his exemplary leadership and vision that led to the founding of our league, WNBA Commissioner Β  Cathy Engelbert, via statement.

NBA legends LeBron James and Michael Jordan also paid tribute to Stern.

Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today.

He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, Michael Jordan, via statement.

Thank you for your commitment to the beautiful game of basketball that has changed so many young adult/kids lives and more importantly your vision to make our game become WORLDWIDE was a vision only you could make happen!, LeBron James, via Instagram

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