Former NBA commissioner David Stern has passed at the age of 77. Stern suffered from a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 12th, 2019 which needed emergency surgery. Stern was the commissioner for the NBA between 1984 through 2014, succeeding Larry O’Brien.
During his time in office, Stern was influential in implementing many league changes. Before the start of 2005-2006 season, the NBA announced a new dress code, which banned players from wearing headphones, chains, shorts, sleeveless shirts, indoor sunglasses, T-shirts, jerseys and headgear such as baseball caps during NBA-related public appearances. This didn’t sit well with many NBA stars, including Allen Iverson who criticized the policy. Iverson stated “They’re targeting guys who dress like me, guys who dress hip-hop, I think they went way overboard.
While Stern’s tenure, the NBA opened 12 offices in cities outside the United States, and broadcasted to over 200 territories in over 50 languages. Stern also helped found Women’s National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Development League .
Sterns leaves behind his children and wife, Dianne Stern.
Sterns tenure in office:
- Relocation of 6 NBA franchises (Clippers, Kings, Grizzlies, Nets, Hornets and SuperSonics)
- Seven new NBA teams (Hornets, Timberwolves, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Raptors, and Bobcats)
- Ratification of the NBA Dress Code
- NBA Finals Trophy renamed to Larry O’Brien Trophy
- NBA Finals MVP Trophy renamed to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
- Four NBA lockouts (1995, 1996, 1998–99, and 2011)
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