The NBA said on Friday that bands will be worn throughout the rest of the 2019-20 season, including the playoffs to honour Late NBA Commissioner Stern.
Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and collapsed at a New York City restaurant. He was NBA commissioner from 1984-2014, and greatly increased the stature of the league during his tenure.
Longtime lieutenant Adam Silver replaced Stern as NBA commissioner.
“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads.” Silver said in a statement. “But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA.”
“He launched 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,” Silver added.