Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Underwent Emergency Surgery

December 13, 2019 - 9:14 am

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery Thursday night after suffering a “sudden brain hemorrhage,” the league said in a statement.

Stern was dining at Brasserie 8 ½ in Manhattan when he collapsed and needed to be rushed to the hospital, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi. A 911 call was placed for cardiac arrest, per ABC.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family,” the NBA’s statement read.

The 77-year-old began working with the NBA in 1966 as outside counsel and served as NBA Commissioner from 1984 until his retirement in 2014, handing over the reings to current commissioner Adam Silver.

Stern was instrumental in the development of the NBA over the past few decades, overseeing several expansion teams, the WNBA and the G-League, and significantly increased league revenue during his 30-year tenure.

He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and remains outspoken on league issues, recently addressing the league’s drug policy and handling of China.

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