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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dead at 77 - Business Insider


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With the firm, Stern worked on cases that included the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 and the development of free agency.In 1978, then-NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien convinced Stern to work for the league. Stern's early work included the introduction of a salary cap to help control player salaries in a financially unstable league and the implementation of drug policies, which were a problem for the league.In 1983, Stern was selected as the fourth commissioner of the NBA."I told [team owners] of David's qualities and how I urged him to extend his work beyond the legal department," O'Brien said at the time. I'm extremely pleased that they have made the No. 2 man, the No. 1 man.''When Stern took the job, he spoke of expanding the league's television ratings and expanding the game overseas.Stern's hiring coincided with the introduction of several marquee players, including Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and John Stockton. He remained involved in the game, working with companies that worked on the physical and mental health of players.Stern told The Undefeated said he approved of the job Silver was doing, saying the NBA "couldn't be in better shape."

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