Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77By Amber Lee
The NBA said goodbye to a giant on Wednesday when former commissioner David Stern passed away at the age of 77, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
David Stern — the Hall of Fame ex-NBA Commissioner — has died at 77 years old. He oversaw tremendous growth in his 30 years as commissioner, retiring in 2014. Stern had been hospitalized since a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 17.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 1, 2020
The NBA released a statement on the passing of the former commissioner.
Full statement from the league office on the passing of David Stern … pic.twitter.com/c0aqapqsLL
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 1, 2020
As Wojnarowski noted, Stern had been hospitalized and underwent emergency brain surgery last month.
Two years later, Stern became the NBA’s Executive Vice President in 1980, and finally the NBA Commissioner in 1984, when he took over for Larry O’Brien.
The NBA underwent a major shift during Stern’s time as commissioner. With his influence, the league saw a big boost in popularity.
He spent nearly three decades as the commissioner of the NBA, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016, and received the Olympic Order in 2012.