Reaction to the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern

Reaction of the world of basketball and beyond the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern on Wednesday at 77: “For 22 years, I had a seat on the court to see David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, on arenas and on airplanes where the game will take us. Like all NBA legends, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always the basics: preparation, attention to detail and hard work. ” Adam Silver, who followed Stern as commissioner. “Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today. He guided the league through turbulent times and made it an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before. His vision and leadership provided me with the global scenario that allowed me to succeed. David had a deep love for the game of basketball and demanded excellence from those around him, and he admired him for that. ” Michael Jordan. “David Stern was a great story maker. When I announced in 1991 that I had HIV, people thought I could get the virus by shaking hands. When David allowed me to play in the 1992 All Star Game in Orlando and then play for the Olympic Dream Team, we were able to change the world. ” - Magic Johnson. “He was a man of great vision and energy, responsible for the operational and commercial advances that created the modern sports industry. David taught me how to be a commissioner and, more importantly, how to try to be a good person. ” - Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL. RIP David. You always said you did me and you were absolutely right. You were a friend, mentor and administrator of the largest donut fund in history. We miss you. ”- Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, referring to the many times Stern fined Cuban for infractions of the league. “David will always be remembered as Superman in Sacramento. His impact on the league will leave a lasting mark on the entire world and his fierce support for the team and this community is the reason why the Kings stayed in Sacramento. David's enthusiasm for our city and belief in our fans will never be forgotten. - The owner of the Kings, Vivek Ranadivé. “All of us in the National Football League are deeply sad for the death of David Stern. David was a driving force in sports for decades and helped the NBA rise to new heights around the world. I called him dean of commissioners, not only for his longevity and his vision of the NBA, but for his willingness to offer advice when I started as commissioner of the NFL. ” - Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner. “The WNBA will always be grateful for their exemplary leadership and vision that led to the foundation of our league. His firm commitment to women's sports was ahead of his time and has provided countless opportunities for women and girls who aspire to play basketball. He will be missed. ”- Cathy Engelbert, commissioner of the WNBA. ___ More AP NBA: and This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)