NEW YORK, N.Y. (FNN SPORTS) – David Stern was the National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner from 1984-2014, turning the NBA into an international powerhouse. During his tenure, he witnessed the likes of Bird-Johnson match-ups in the 1980s; the rise of a young phenom in Michael Jordan who eventually led the Chicago Bills to 6 NBA Championships in the 90s; and led the way to creating a draft lottery system that eventually included Hall of Fame international players Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki and Yao Ming; and created the WNBA in 1996.
David Stern worked for the NBA for 35 years before retiring and handing the reins over to his mentee, protégé Adam Silver in 2014. His time as NBA commissioner saw the growth of the NBA into a billion-dollar-a-year industry and saw basketball become a popular sport alongside soccer worldwide. He died Wednesday from a brain hemorrhage he suffered December 12 in a restaurant in New York City. His wife, Diane, and family were with him at his side, he was 77 years young.
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