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David Joel Stern is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien. He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s.

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4th Commissioner of the NBA
In office
February 1, 1984 – January 31, 2014
Deputy Russ Granik
Adam Silver
Preceded by Larry O'Brien
Succeeded by Adam Silver
Personal details
Born David Joel Stern
(1942-09-22) September 22, 1942 (age 74)
New York City
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Dianne Bock (m. 1963)
Children Eric A. Stern
Andrew Stern
Alma mater Rutgers University
Columbia Law School

David Joel Stern (born September 22, 1942) is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien. He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s.

Stern has served on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and is a Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

On October 25, 2012, Stern announced that he would step down as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014, 30 years to the day after beginning his tenure as commissioner. His deputy, Adam Silver, is his successor. On February 14, 2014, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Stern would be a member of its 2014 induction class. In 2016, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.