By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern was rushed to a New York City area hospital on Thursday afternoon. He had suffered a ‘sudden brain hemorrhage.’
A 911 call was placed for help at 1:59 pm EST to a Midtown restaurant. The 77-year-old was then transported to Mount Sinai West Medical Center.
“NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier today for which he underwent emergency surgery,” the NBA said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family.”
At this time, his condition is unknown.
He previously led the league office from 1984 through 2014. He was then replaced by current Commissioner Adam Silver.
Under Stern’s leadership, he has helped grow the game that it is today. In addition, there were seven new franchises and six teams relocating during his watch.
The revenue under Stern ballooned from $250,000 in 1984 until $5-plus million when he retired.
Notable events during Stern’s tenure
- Relocation of 6 NBA franchises (Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Seattle SuperSonics)
- Seven new NBA teams (New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, and Charlotte Bobcats)
- Ratification of the NBA Dress Code
- NBA Finals Trophy renamed to Larry O’Brien Trophy
- NBA Finals MVP Trophy renamed to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
- Four NBA lockouts (1995, 1996, 1998–99, and 2011)