“I think he is the greatest person in NBA history,” Yao Ming, the former star Houston Rockets center from China, said when David Stern retired. LeBron James shared a similar thought concerning the former commissioner. “Thank you for your commitment to the beautiful game of basketball that has changed so many young adult/kids lives, and more importantly, your vision to make our game become WORLDWIDE was a vision only you could make happen!” To say he accomplished a lot wouldn’t do him justice. Please, continue reading to learn about the man who took a shot on the NBA and made it everything it is today.
A Manhattan Native
For those who aren’t aware, David Stern was born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, New York City. The youngster became a New York Knicks fan and would attend games at Madison Square Garden with his father, William Stern.
Shockingly, the future commissioner would only play basketball briefly in his adult years thanks to sustaining a severe knee injury while playing in a New York Lawyers League contest. He attended Rutgers University after high school before transitioning to Columbia University.