Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away on New Year's Day

david sternScarsdale resident and former commissioner of the NBA David Stern passed away on Wednesday January 1, 2020 after suffering a brain hemorrhage on December 12, 2019.

Stern took over the NBA in 1984 and led the association for 30 years. According to current commissioner Adam Silver, Stern is credited with launching “groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand -- making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation."

Stern was a longtime Fox Meadow resident. According to a neighbor, “David and (his wife) Dianne were always out walking around Fox Meadow together. It was so sweet. They were regulars at Moscato. Also, they were committed to preserving the tree canopy.”

Scarsdale Mayor Marc Samwick offered the following, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of longtime Scarsdale resident, David Stern.  Mr. Stern had a tremendous impact on many people around the world as he transformed the NBA into a vibrant global entity.  His focus on community enhancement was a hallmark of his work and we thank him for all of his valuable contributions - locally, throughout the US and worldwide.”