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Vale David Stern

To me he was just as part of the NBA as Jordan, Kobe, Shaq and Iverson. We all saw him draft night welcoming draftees. He may have had his faults but under his leadership the league went from a low level to the powerhouse it is today with it being a worldwide multi billion organisation. Thank you Mr Stern.

David Stern has passed away at the age of 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. 

Stern retired as commissioner in 2014.

"For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action," said Adam Silver in a statement. "He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends.  We spent countless 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 crossroads.  But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA.  He launched groundbreaking 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 the 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 whose life was touched by him."

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He was every bit as important to the game of basketball as any player ever. The NBA was a basket case in the 70's and he turned it. The sport became what it is today because of his vision

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Condolences to his family.
A sad day for basketball.

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RIP, sad to see someone die only in their 70's.

However I never had much time for Stern he's a large part of the reason the NBA is the all offence no defence glorified pick up game crap that it is now. He also turned a blind eye to despicable team owners like Donald Sterling and there was always a lot of talk around that he used to rig the draft especially with the first ever draft lottery which allowed the Knicks to draft Patrick Ewing.

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Without stern the league would have gone broke due to the over black street behaviour and drug issues league it was in the 70/80's.

He cleaned up the leagues image with simple things like the dress code to less the 'hood’ image and appeals to middle white America and then further abroad globally as well!


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What a couple of plonkers the 2 posts above are. Celebrate the man for his achievements without race and conspiracy theories.

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Conspiracy theories without proof are nothing but unsubstantiated rubbish.

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In reading articles about Stern's legacy, there was one about how he handled magic Johnson's HIV situation.

Within the article there's these comments:

"That change went global when Johnson expressed his plans to keep his roster spot in the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. The international community barked in protest. An official from the Australian Olympic Federation recommended his team boycott the Games if Magic was allowed to suit up. One of the Australian players said he'd accept a silver medal rather than battle Magic on the court for the gold."

Was that Phil Smyth?

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Just looked it up. It was Ray Bieber, although Smyth had some things to say too. Guess it was just a lack of education at that point and they wouldn't have had the internet. Damian Keogh had some strong words against those views though

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Ray Borner that should say

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Damian Keogh raining fire on Ray Borner.

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