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David Stern is an American businessman and lawyer. He worked as the ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA) the Fourth commissioner. He was born and raised in a Jewish family in New York City, and graduated from ‘Teaneck High School’. He then graduated in History from ‘Rutgers University’ and also attended ‘Columbia Law School’. In 1966 he joined the law firm as an outside counsel and in the late 1970s, he became the general counsel. Let us see David Stern Biography.
David Stern Biography
David Joel Stern was the full name of David Joel and was born in New York City, US, On September 22, 1942. his parents are Anna and William Stern. His family owned a delicatessen in the middle of the city where they used to see cooked meat and cheese among other food products. After his birth, his family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey. He enrolled at the ‘Teaneck High School’. He worked at his father’s delicatessen for part-time and learned how to run a Business which became helpful in his career later. He was never interested in basketball or sports even he built a career in sports administration.
David Stern Career
David when he was hired as an outside counsel for the law firm ‘Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and Mendelsohn it was a law firm that legally represents the leagues intersects. He first started working with ‘NBA’ in 1966; it was a big opportunity as it was his first major job. He was also appointed as a lead attorney by the firm to represent the ‘NBA’ in the famous Robertson vs NBA case. Former star player Oscar Robertson brought that case upon the league. David stopped that by settling the issue in 1976 when the ‘NBA’/ ‘ABA’ merger was accepted in return for the abolishment of the clause that did not allow the players to be free agents.
‘NBA’ commissioner Larry O’Brien pleased with the work of David offered him a huge opportunity to become the ‘NBA’s general counsel and he left the law firm in order to take on his new responsibilities. By the starting of 1980, he quickly grew within the organization. He when serving as the executive vice president of the ‘NBA’ he made many bold decisions that changed the outlook of the league for good. After he took on as a commissioner the popularity of the NBA among the masses skyrocketed. He also got popularity at the same time and many star players like Michael Jordan entered the game. The ‘NBA’ thus became a highly profitable entity under David’s leadership. The period between 1990 to 2000 is known as the golden age of ‘NBA’.
David Stern Personal Life
David currently lives with his wife ‘Dianne Bock Stern’ in Scarsdale in New York with his two sons, Eric and Andrew.
David Stern Death
On 1st 2020 former ‘NBA’ commissioner, David passed away with a Brain hemorrhage which he was suffering from the past three weeks. ‘NBA’ lost a legend.
Height: 5 feet 9 inch
David Stern Net Worth
As of 2019 according to a survey, David Stern’s net worth was $135 million.