According to reports from CNBC, the Former NBA Commissioner for over 30 years had a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
Stern is known to be the NBA’s longest-tenured Commissioner after serving for 30 years and was officially replaced by Adam Silver on February 1, 2014. Stern is infamous and well respected by many of the NBA family and remains connected to NBA circles to this day.
Stern’s very first draft was the infamous 1983 draft, where the notable Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton were all drafted. Hakeem being his very first draft pick. Stern’s last draft was the 2013 NBA draft. Stern is known to have been a key contributor to the growth and globalization of the NBA and the game of basketball, implementing 7 expansion teams during his tenure. This in addition to a league that is now televised in over 200 countries and over 40 different languages.
BleacherReport states that Stern Collapsed at the Brasserie 8 1/2 restaurant Thursday before being rushed to the hospital. At 77 years of age Stern is still vigorously working in ventures that included technology in the NBA. He recently was known to have spoken about the NBA’s drug policy and the China incident earlier in the season.
Many In NBA circles have shown their support via Social Media in regards to the news of the former Commissioner.
Stern is also responsible for overseeing the development of the WNBA and the NBA G League, formally the D-League under his reign as Commissioner.
Stern is responsible for the overseeing of a dress code in the NBA, as well as a drug policy and a salary cap for NBA teams.
” every time youre with him, you learn something” -Kenny the Jet Smith on David Stern
Stern was known to be a worker who strived to create the greatest product possible while being an NBA Commissioner. It has been said that he never retired for the NBA as his current title is Commissioner Emeritus.