Sad news to report this Tuesday afternoon. NBA commissioner David Stern underwent emergency brain surgery following a hemorrhage last week. Unfortunately for Stern, this was not the end of his medical issues.
Stern, 77, remains in serious condition after his surgery five days ago.
Stern followed Larry O'Brien as commissioner in 1984, and left the position to Adam Silver upon his retirement in 2014, after which he officially was named "Commissioner Emeritus."
In Stern's three decades at the helm, the NBA experienced their most fruitful commercial period in league history. While the game continued to improve and expand domestically and abroad, Stern oversaw the relocation of six teams and the addition of seven new ones, all the while keeping the league together amid several labor stoppages.
The league released a statement affirming that Stern is "receiving great care and is surrounded by his loved ones."
The NBA is 73 years old, and Stern was the guiding force in the world's biggest basketball league for nearly 30 years. Our thoughts are with Stern and his family in this extremely trying time.