Michael Jordan, NBA players react to death of David Stern

first_imgI will never EVER forget when you called my name on stage and I shook your hand. My dream came true!!! Thank you for your commitment to the beautiful game of basketball that has changed so many young adult/kids lives and more importantly your vision to make our game become WORLDWIDE was a vision only you could make happen! You did just that. Making our game the greatest sport in the world! Was a honor to know you personally. Rest In Paradise David Stern! My prayers goes to your family and friends throughout this difficult time! 🙏🏾💪🏾👑A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jan 1, 2020 at 3:34pm PST View this post on Instagram “Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration,” Adam Silver said in statement released by the league. “Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him.”Several current and former NBA players reacted to the news Wednesday, including Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. His full statement via his manager:”Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today. He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before. His vision and leadership provided me with the global stage that allowed me to succeed. David had a deep love for the game of basketball and demanded excellence from those around him — and I admired him for that. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. I offer my deepest sympathies to Dianne and his family.”Some of the league’s greatest players also offered their condolences on social media. Longtime NBA commissioner David Stern died Wednesday afternoon a few weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.Stern served exactly 30 years as commissioner before passing the job to Adam Silver in 2014. Stern held the title of commissioner emeritus until his death.center_img PHOTOS: David Stern through the years The game changed in so many ways under David Stern’s leadership and vision. He demanded the best of everyone because he gave it himself. #Respect Thank you Commissioner. RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/veT9GQfrdC— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 1, 2020I can not put into words what the friendship of David Stern has meant to me but many others. He changed so many lives. David was a great innovator and made the game we love what it is today. This is a horrible loss. Our hearts are with Dianne & their family. RIP my friend. @NBA pic.twitter.com/mbnneqm18s— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) January 1, 2020RIP Mr David SternThe best commissioner to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/SgO0hMX3Ia— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 1, 2020Very sad day for basketball. We saw David Stern a lot in the 90s and I found him to be kind, thoughtful and almost always the smartest person in the room. He was an innovator who helped grow our sport into a global game and his impact will never be forgotten. RIP, Commissioner. pic.twitter.com/FzlJwnJmrK— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 1, 2020The NBA owes David Stern a debt of gratitude. His courage, innovation intelligence, tenacity & his ability to manage our league that has become a global success. He charted a path for modern-day basketball. We all benefited from his vision and strong beliefs. #ripdavidstern— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) January 1, 2020Today I lost a friend and a mentor. They say it takes 3 generations for you to create a true legacy, #davidstern did it in one. God speed and test in peace my friend pic.twitter.com/NJQ5S3PKZU— Dominique Wilkins 🏀 🧢 (@DWilkins21) January 1, 2020RIP David Stern🙏🏾! Shaking your hand on June, 26, 2003 was a dream come true ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZCT7naJPcU— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 1, 2020Sad news. We lost a legend! RIP David Stern— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 1, 2020Thank you David Stern! You changed everything and we’re eternally grateful. Rest In Peace. Lots of love to the Stern family.— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 1, 2020Will never forget the words you spoke this day! “With the 7th pick” changed my life forever. Thank you and your family for your leadership and commitment to growing the game of basketball around the World. Forever grateful. RIP Commisoner Stern! pic.twitter.com/o7S4IT54NQ— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 1, 2020The league wouldn’t be what it is today without you. The entire NBA family and fans around the world will miss you. 💔 #2009DraftdayRIP David Stern🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/tnSYMsTnjp— James Harden (@JHarden13) January 1, 2020The game lost a leader today. Extending my prayers to David’s family and loved ones in this time of grief 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/TgNKlyAKZi— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 1, 2020Today the #NBAFamily lost a legend, a leader that changed our game for the better. A father, a husband, a friend.RIP #DavidStern, you will forever be missed. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/0dColRyTOT— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 1, 2020RIP Commissioner Stern 🙏🏿 Thank you for everything you did for the game. Shaking your hand in 2003 will always be one of my most cherished memories. Sending my love and prayers to the Stern family during this time ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8cjos50OHP— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) January 1, 2020Damn. RIP Commissioner. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/r5xtwpvJIO— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 1, 2020Th NBA and my family would not be in our position if wasn’t for one of the greatest Commissioners in professional sports. RIP David Stern. The game thanks you and will miss you.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 1, 2020Prayers up for David Stern and his family!!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) January 1, 2020RIP Commissioner Stern, very sad to hear the news. You did great things for the game of basketball. Someone I always admired. #NBAFamily— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) January 1, 2020Rest In Peace David Stern 🙏🏽 https://t.co/nJ5Krv6Bke— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 1, 2020RIP David Stern, it was a honor to shake your hand on draft day https://t.co/3VU1hG5Kfs— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) January 1, 2020last_img

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