NEW YORK—David Stern’s life and career will be celebrated Tuesday at a memorial service, three weeks after the former NBA commissioner’s death. Stern died Jan. 1 at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and undergoing emergency surgery. During his tenure, the NBA added seven new franchises, and the WNBA and NBA G League were created. His memorial service comes days before the NBA stages its first regular-season game in France, another milestone for a league that made international growth a priority under Stern. The NBA played nearly 150 international games under Stern and was televised in more than 200 countries and territories, and in more than 40 languages.
Source: thestar January 21, 2020 14:48 UTC