David Stern died on January 1, 2020 at age 77 - zz / Dennis Van Tine / STAR MAX / IPx /

The NBA is in mourning. David Stern, emblematic boss of the League from 1984 to 2014, died Wednesday at 77 years old. David Stern, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on December 12 while in a New York restaurant, was transferred to a city hospital, where he remained in serious condition.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver statement regarding the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern pic.twitter.com/aW4WbxFQED

- NBA (@NBA) January 1, 2020

A shower of tributes

“For 22 years, I was in the front row to see David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends, "said current league commissioner Adam Silver, who succeeded him in 2014." Thanks to David, the NBA is a truly global brand, which makes not only one of the greatest stewards, but one of the most influential economic leaders of his generation. ” "I can't put into words what it meant to me David Stern's friendship," said Bill Russel, the most successful player in NBA history with 11 trophies. "David was a great innovator and made the game that we like what it is today".

I can not put into words what the friendship of David Stern has meant to me but many others. He changed so many lives. David was a great innovator and made the game we love what it is today. This is a horrible loss. Our hearts are with Dianne & their family. RIP my friend. @NBA pic.twitter.com/mbnneqm18s

- TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) January 1, 2020

The game changed in so many ways under David Stern's leadership and vision. He demanded the best of everyone because he gave it himself. #Respect Thank you Commissioner. RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/veT9GQfrdC

- Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 1, 2020

Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/Q7AGlvwLdn

- Estee Portnoy (@esteep) January 1, 2020

David Stern was such a history maker. When I announced in 1991 I had HIV, people thought they could get the virus from shaking my hand. When David allowed me to play in the 1992 All Star Game in Orlando and then play for the Olympic Dream Team, we were able to change the world.

- Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 1, 2020

During his 30-year reign, this New York grocer's son and law school graduate made the NBA prosper and turned it into a global brand. At the time, this body was in the grip of serious financial problems and was far from having the media exposure of the NFL (American football) or the MLB (baseball).

Michael Jordan owes him a lot

During his tenure, seven franchises were created and joined the League to make it grow to 30 clubs. Others have moved and all have increased their incomes considerably. The players too. Their average salary went from $ 250,000 in 1984 to $ 5 million in 2014. Players, some of whom have become planetary stars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and later Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, were brought in. before by David Stern, aware that they would help to transform and popularize the NBA.

Larry Bird Statement on the Passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Sternhttps: //t.co/v8DpKxwKPm

- Larry Bird☘️ (@LarryBirdDaily) January 2, 2020

For making the NBA one of the most powerful sports leagues in the world, Stern was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. He received the title of "Commissioner Emeritus" after his retirement.


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