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NBA legends and luminaries react to the death of David Stern

Spike Lee chats with David Stern during the NBA All-Star game
Spike Lee chats with David Stern during the NBA All-Star game
(John G. Mabanglo / EPA)

The news of the death of David Stern, the NBA commissioner who ushered the sport into a global entertainment powerhouse led to a swift outpouring of condolences and remembrances from Hall of Famers such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and Bill Russell.

Legends and luminaries remembered Stern as a visionary as well as a friend.

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Stern was commissioner from 1984 to 2014. The NBA added seven franchises to expand to 30 teams during his reign. He negotiated big-money television deals, handled crises and work stoppages, and put a focus on international exposure and marketing.

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Other sports commissioners and union leaders added condolences.

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