David Stern 1942-2020

Recalling three decades as NBA Commissioner

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner and one of the best in sports history, died Jan. 1, 2020 at 77 years old. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. Per the NBA, Stern died with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside.

Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, a league that fought for a foothold before him had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry and made NBA basketball perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.

Here’s a look back at what made him a legendary sports commissioner, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and icon in NBA lore.

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