NEW YORK, Oct. 15 -- NBA Commissioner David Stern released the following statement today regarding the passing of Jason Collier:

“We are saddened by the news of Jason Collier’s sudden passing. He epitomized hard work, dedication and perseverance, and more importantly compassion, kindness and selflessness. I extend the heartfelt condolences of the NBA family to his wife Katie, daughter Ella, parents Jeff and Joyce, and siblings Jared and Julie.”