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David J. Stern (USA)
Born on September 22, 1942, in New York City, NY, USA.
Passed away on January 01, 2020, at the age of 77.
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Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on August 27, 2016.


  • Graduated from Rutgers University (NJ) and Columbia Law School (NY)
  • Joined the NBA as an outside counsel from Proskauer Rose (1967)
  • NBA’s General Counsel (1978)
  • NBA’s Executive Vice President (1980)
  • NBA Commissioner (1984-2014)
  • Introduced the salary cap system (1984)
  • Began international club tournament with FIBA (1987)
  • Added seven NBA franchises (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Vancouver Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats)
  • Orchestrated with FIBA the admission of NBA players into the Olympics in Barcelona (1992)
  • Launched the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) (1996)
  • Oversaw the launch of NBA’s digital assets (NBA.com, WNBA.com, NBADLeague.com, social media platforms, NBA League Pass, NBA TV and mobile applications)
  • Launched the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) (2001)
  • Collaborated with FIBA on the Basketball Without Borders program (2001)
  • Launched NBA Cares (2005)

Distinctions & Recognitions

  • Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rutgers University (2004)
  • Received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University in recognition of contributions to African and African-American culture (2013)
  • NBA Commissioner Emeritus (2014)
  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Received the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics from Columbia University Business School (2014)