NEW YORK, NY (January 1, 2020) - The New York Knicks organization released the following statements on the passing of David Stern:

From the New York Knicks:

It was David Stern’s vision that created the modern NBA. He understood the incredible talent of our athletes, the passion of our fans and the extraordinary marketing opportunity of this league, and all of us are reaping the benefit of his courage, leadership and business acumen. On behalf of the entire New York Knicks organization, we mourn the passing of a truly great individual, who singularly impacted the game we all love and extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

From James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company:

David Stern was not only one of the greatest commissioners in the history of sports, he was an incredible individual and friend. He was loyal and fair, patient and wise, and made all of us who had the privilege of knowing him better. The NBA will stand forever as a testament to his lasting legacy and all those who worked with him or for him, sat next to him or across the table from him are better because of it. I join with everyone in the basketball family to extend my personal condolences to Dianne, Eric and Andrew.

From Andy Lustgarten, President of The Madison Square Garden Company:

I was so fortunate to have David as a mentor during my time at the NBA, and I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to see his extraordinary impact on the league firsthand. His passionate belief in the potential of basketball to become a thriving global business inspired all of us – and his belief in what each of us could contribute pushed us to accomplish more than we ever thought we could. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and my thoughts are with his family during this time.

From Steve Mills, President of the New York Knicks:

I will be forever grateful to David for giving me the opportunity to begin my career in sports in 1984. He was a true innovator, a great leader and mentor and most importantly, a valued friend. He was instrumental in building today’s NBA and will be remembered as one of sports’ greatest leaders. My condolences go out to Dianne, Eric and Andrew.

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