Former NBA commish David Stern dead at 77; Adam Silver releases statement


FILE – In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 and underwent emergency surgery. The league says in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern’s family. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

By Mark Heim | [email protected]

Former NBA commissioner David Stern died at the age of 77, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Stern had emergency brain surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12 while having lunch in New York.

The league said Stern was surrounded by his wife, Dianne, and family.

Stern spent 30 years as NBA commissioner and has remained affiliated with the league, holding the title of commissioner emeritus.

NBA commish Adam Silver released the following statement:

“For 22 years, I had a court-side seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of the my dearest friends. We spent countess hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”

“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crosswords. But over the course of 30 years as commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched ground-breaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand – making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.

“Every member of the NBA family is a beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration. Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone who’s life was touched by him.”