We’ve always been impressed with David Stern. He was a brilliant commissioner who raised the NBA from something that only a limited number of people truly appreciated to a global passion.
Before Stern, there wasn't really basketball in Spain or France or South America. As much as any single person, Stern helped to spread basketball fever around the world.
His contributions to the game really are staggering. A lot of people don’t know or won’t remember, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the NBA championship was shown on tape delay - after midnight. Now? WNBA. G-League. Basketball Academies around the world and in places like Japan, the Philippines, Nigeria and all across China, people are playing the game. It’s really pretty incredible.
Aside from all of his accomplishments, he just struck us as a decent man and someone who you’d be pleased to know.
So it was distressing to hear that Stern collapsed in a New York restaurant Thursday afternoon and underwent emergency surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage.
That’s not easy at any age and certainly not at 77. We wish Stern the best and hope for a full recovery and many more years with his wife and family.