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David Stern, former National Basketball League commissioner who ushered the league into its modern era, died today from complications arising from a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12, the league announced shortly after his passing. He was 77 years old.
Stern, a former antitrust lawyer, took over the NBA in 1984, transforming it into a multi-billion-dollar international industry. But Stern had some marketing magic, focusing the league’s merchandising through the auspices of the game’s bankable stars: Michael