Former NBA commissioner David Stern passed away earlier this month after dealing with complications following a mid-December brain hemorrhage. On Tuesday, a memorial service was held one of the NBA's biggest off-the-court legends.
Many former stars honored Stern's life and legacy on Tuesday. And among them was 11-time NBA champion Celtics center Bill Russell.
Russell posted a touching tribute to Stern on his Twitter account late Tuesday night:
Today I said goodbye to David Stern a one of a kind human being! He was so much to so many. To try to put into words what he meant to me & to the game I love is difficult. It was a great tribute to his life & work to know him was to love him. #RIP my dear friend I will miss you! pic.twitter.com/DmRVpkCcIm— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) January 22, 2020
It's clear that Stern meant a lot to the Celtics legend. His legacy will surely be carried by former and current players alike.
Stern is widely credited with the globalization of the NBA and is responsible for the construction of the league today. The Basketball Hall of Famer helped found the WNBA, the NBA G League, expanded the NBA's digital presence and established NBA Cares, an NBA social responsibility initiative in his 30 years in charge of the NBA.
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