RIP to David Stern an NBA legend

Everyone who enjoys the NBA should take a moment to celebrate the life and legacy of former Commissioner David Stern. Stern died on Wednesday morning due to a brain hemorrhage that occurred three weeks ago, he was 77.

Stern became Commissioner in 1984 and led the NBA into its most glorious age of the late 80’s and the 1990’s. He took the league from a sport that was enjoyed regionally by die-hard basketball fans to an absolute global sensation. When Stern took over the NBA the TV revenue was peanuts and today it is nearing ONE BILLION dollars a year. Stern made the NBA owners rich beyond their wildest dreams and players past and present from across the league are celebrating Stern’s life because of the opportunities he created for them.

As a die-hard Knicks fan, I will always have a special place in my heart for Commissioner Stern. He had the weighted ping pong ball fall to us in the infamous Patrick Ewing draft. Giving New York City its only legitimate star since Willis Reed hobbled his ass out of the tunnel in game 7.

Stern was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and he will always have a special place in the hearts of the fans. It could be argued that other than Michael Jordan and Bird vs Magic, nobody and I mean NOBODY has been as influential to the saving and success of the NBA as David Stern.

Rest in peace Commissioner, we appreciate your hard-work, dedication and for helping create one of the most entertaining sports products we have ever witnessed.