Sad news out of the NBA today, as it has been reported that former commissioner David Stern has passed away. He was 77.
Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on December 12. He underwent emergency surgery and would remain in the hospital in serious condition.
After nearly a month fighting for life, Stern lost the battle.
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
Former NBA commissioner David Stern has passed away this afternoon at age 77 after suffering brain hemorrhage three weeks ago, league says.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 1, 2020
Stern was widely regarded as one of the best commissioners in sports and his time as the head of the NBA led the league to global heights it had never experienced before. He helped the league get its feet in Europe, leading to the influx of European players to the league. He helped create the WNBA, giving female basketball stars a chance to continue playing the game professionally, and truly took the NBA from a local game to a global game.
The NBA has offices all around the world, is televised and streamed in over 200 countries and territories in over 40 languages, and it was the first professional sports league in the United States to play a regular-season game outside North America. All thanks to Stern.
During his tenure, six different teams relocated (Kings, Clippers, Sonics/Thunder, Hornets/Pelicans, Nets, and Grizzlies) while seven new teams joined the league via expansion (Timberwolves, Heat, Hornets, Raptors, Magic, Grizzlies, and Bobcats).
All the accomplishments and growth of the game under his watch led to Stern being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Stern spent nearly 50 years associated with the NBA, 30 of those as the man in charge. He will be greatly missed.