David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, passed away today at the age of 77. Stern had been hospitalized on December 17th after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. David Stern served as the fourth commissioner of the National Basketball Association. Mr. Stern. started with the league in 1966 as an outside counsel. In 1984, David became NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O’Brien. David Stern oversaw many changes to the league in his tenure including:
- The introduction of seven NBA franchises (Hornets, Timberwolves, Raptors, Bobcats, Heat, Sonics and Nets);
- The relocation of six NBA franchises (Clippers, Kings, Grizzlies, Nets, Hornets, and Supersonics;
- The renaming of the NBA Finals Trophy to the Larry O’Brien Trophy;
- The renaming of the NBA Finals MVP Trophy to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award;
- The Ratification of the NBA dress code policy; and
- Four NBA lockouts
David Stern was commissioner of the league for almost thirty years. Stern had Adam Silver succeed him on January 31st, 2014. We here at Overtime Heroics send condolences and prayers out to David’s family. Thank you, David Stern, for your service to the league. Your service brought so much joy to so many people’s lives.
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