NBA legends and luminaries react to the death of David Stern

The news of the death of David Stern, the NBA commissioner who ushered the sport into a global entertainment powerhouse led to a swift outpouring of condolences and remembrances from Hall of Famers such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and Bill Russell.

Legends and luminaries remembered Stern as a visionary as well as a friend.

RIP Mr David SternThe best commissioner to ever do it.

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


Stern was commissioner from 1984 to 2014. The NBA added seven franchises to expand to 30 teams during his reign. He negotiated big-money television deals, handled crises and work stoppages, and put a focus on international exposure and marketing.

NBA legend and Hornets owner Michael Jordan’s statement to @TheAthletic @Stadium on death of iconic NBA commissioner David Stern:

[email protected] reflects on the tremendous impact David Stern had on the NBA. We are remembering the life and career of the former commissioner on GameTime on NBA TV.


Very sad day for basketball. We saw David Stern a lot in the 90s and I found him to be kind, thoughtful and almost always the smartest person in the room. He was an innovator who helped grow our sport into a global game and his impact will never be forgotten. RIP, Commissioner.

Today the #NBAFamily lost a legend, a leader that changed our game for the better. A father, a husband, a friend. RIP #DavidStern, you will forever be missed. 🙏🏼

Other sports commissioners and union leaders added condolences.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman statement after the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement:

NBPA Statement on the Passing of David Stern.

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