Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The 30-year-old didn't want his teammates to remain rusty... So he gifted them baskets
David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage yesterday in which he had to be immediately hospitalized and submitted to an emergency surgery. Sources close to Stern reported that he was at a restaurant in Manhattan when the event took place, as he was rushed to an hospital near by.
The NBA just released a statement saying David Stern has "suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier today for which he underwent emergency surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family.”— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 13, 2019
He spent 30 years in the association, working as the Commissioner of the NBA. Players, executives and most fans held Stern in high regard during his tenure in the league due to an excellent job he developed throughout the years. While he made a couple mistakes in his time as commissioner, he also had great achievements. The NBA is one of the most known leagues in the World at the moment, partly because of him.
The launch of the WNBA, where it allowed a platform for female basketball players to showcase their talent and compete at the highest level is a remarkable achievement. Even more remarkable is maintaining that platform while adding national coverage as well.
The NBA started growing when highlights videos started to appear on the internet, letting everyone who couldn’t watch the games in the television have a taste of what happened in the league the day before. Safe to say the NBA was a pioneer in this regard.
Expanding the league with new teams such as the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies, or creating value for the franchises were some other notable achievements for Stern. Due to the league’s growing popularity and the boost in televised games, teams started to skyrock in terms of valuation, going from 8 digits numbers to 9 or even 10. The best example is the Cleveland Cavaliers (much due to LeBron James as well), when Gordon Gung bought the team for €20 million, selling it for €375 million some years later.
Our thoughts are with David Stern and his family, and we hope he has a speedy recovery.
2020 Copyrights © All Rights Reserved.