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Former NBA commissioner Stern dies at 77

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Stern also helped in the creation of the WNBA, which had its inaugural season in 1997, and the NBA Development League, now known as the G League, providing countless opportunities for players to pursue careers playing basketball in the United States that previously weren't available."We are deeply saddened by the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. He had a hand in nearly every initiative to do that, from the drug-testing program to the implementation of the salary cap to the creation of a dress code.During Stern's tenure, the NBA became one of the most popular leagues in the world and increased television revenue from $10 million per year to approximately $900 million per year.On the day David Stern died, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league. "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."Larry Bird, whose on-court rivalry with Johnson helped spark the league's growth, was another member of the Dream Team who helped grow the game's popularity internationally."There are no words that can really describe the far-reaching impact of Commissioner Stern's brilliance, vision, fairness and hard work over so many years," Bird said in a statement. "When you think of all that he accomplished worldwide on behalf of thousands of players, so many fans, all of the jobs he created for team and arena employees and all of the people that benefited from the many layers of growth in the sport and industry that David spearheaded and then passed on to others, there is no doubt Commissioner Stern lifted the NBA to new heights and he will be greatly missed by all of us."Under Stern, the NBA played nearly 150 international games and was televised in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages, and the NBA Finals and All-Star weekend grew into international spectacles.

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