The teams in the NBA stand with a black stripe on the shirt for the rest of the season on the death of David Stern. The former boss of the highest American basketball competition died on Wednesday at the age of 77 from the consequences of a brain haemorrhage.
The shirts are worn for the first time in the night from Friday to Saturday (Dutch time). On Thursday, the teams were already thinking about the death of Stern with a minute of silence.
Stern is seen as the founder of the success of the largest American basketball competition. Stern became the top boss of the NBA in 1984, a position he held for no less than thirty years. He provided lucrative sponsorship and TV deals and made the sport more attractive to the international audience.
Under his reign, players such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson first became world stars, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James followed that example. Stern was admitted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
In the thirty years that Stern was the boss of the NBA, no fewer than seven new teams entered the competition, while six moved. A women’s competition was also established, the WNBA, which had its first season in 1997.