Remembering David Stern, and some of his top accomplishments

Associated Press / 06:46 PM January 03, 2020

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, Former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell, left, hugs National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern during an award ceremony for the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FGile)

MIAMI — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern.

The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — through a mutual friend and remembers how fascinating it was to have conversations with him. Fast forward a few years, and Nurse had an idea to bring a team from what was then called the NBA Development League to his native Iowa.

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