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Iger, Pitaro Remember NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern

Statements on David Stern's passing from Disney's Bob Iger and ESPN's Jimmy Pitaro

Oct. 16, 2002: NBA Commissioner David Stern (seated, L) prepares for an interview with SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott (R).(Rich Arden/ESPN Images)

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern has died, the NBA announced Wednesday. He was 77.

“My wife Willow Bay and I are deeply saddened by the loss of David Stern, who left an indelible mark on the sports industry and helped turn the NBA into a global cultural force,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “He was an integral part of our personal and professional lives. Our hearts are with his family and the NBA.”

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said: “David Stern was a brilliant leader whose vision was instrumental in creating the global success the NBA enjoys today. ESPN is deeply grateful for his tremendous partnership through the years. Our thoughts are with David’s loved ones, Commissioner Silver and the entire NBA family at this difficult time.”

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