CHICAGO, Jan. 1, 2020 - The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) mourns the loss of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern. During his 30-year tenure as commissioner, Stern transformed the NBA into a global brand becoming the first American sports league to thrive internationally.
NBRPA Chairman of the Board Spencer Haywood released the following statement:
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. He made a tremendous impact in the world of sports, beginning in the 1980s when he led us out of the wilderness and into a global brand. His vision has given players around the world the opportunity to showcase their talents in the NBA, WNBA and G League."
"In 1992, he helped create the National Basketball Retired Players Association with our founders Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens, Dave DeBusschere and Oscar Robertson. He truly loved each and every one of the retired players and was proud of the Association because he viewed it as an extension of the NBA and NBPA."
"David helped me in countless ways personally and professionally. He has graciously allowed me to travel the world to participate in global initiatives as an NBA Legend. I was fortunate to spend time with him in early-September and felt honored when he recently committed to writing the foreword in my new book."
"My deepest condolences go out to his wife, Dianne, their family and the entire basketball world. We are in mourning. Rest in heaven for the legacy you created on earth."