NEW YORK — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has died at the age of 77, the NBA said Wednesday.
He passed away as a result of a brain hemorrhage he suffered approximately three weeks ago.
His wife, Dianne, and family were with him at his bedside. Stern was appointed commissioner in 1984, where he remained in the role until 2014.
He was the commissioner during every championship the 90s Bulls won.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has issued the following statement.
“For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. 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 very NBA legend, David has extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”