After being hospitalized for suffering a brain hemorrhage on December 17, it was reported that former NBA commissioner David Stern has passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 77. Stern’s legacy is one that transformed the NBA to an international game and opened doors for so many, including the WNBA. When Stern took over in 1984, it was a regional league in the eyes of many, including TV networks. Now, the NBA is arguably the second biggest league in the United States to the NFL.

As the news came out about Stern’s death, many within the sport paid tribute to the former commissioner. Stern may have ruffled more than a few feathers throughout his tenure but he had the respect from all and these are just some of the many tributes already being paid to the commissioner.

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