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Sports world reacts to death of former NBA commissioner David Stern

Tributes to David Stern poured in Wednesday after news of his death became public.
Tributes to David Stern poured in Wednesday after news of his death became public.Jason Szenes

Several sports notables saluted the career of NBA commissioner David Stern after he passed away Wednesday:

From NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

“All of us at the National Football League are deeply saddened by the passing of David Stern. David was a driving force in sports for decades and helped the NBA soar to new heights around the world. I called him the dean of commissioners, not only for his longevity and his vision for the NBA, but for his willingness to offer advice when I first started as NFL commissioner. We extend our condolences and support to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and our friends at the NBA.”


From Celtics Governor Wyc Grousbeck:

“David was a towering figure whose accomplishments in building the NBA will never be forgotten. His leadership brought the game of basketball to people all over the world and helped change what the NBA could mean to people. His commitment to community service demonstrated how sports can have a positive social impact and transformed how we think of sports. He personally welcomed our Celtics ownership group into the league, and was our close friend for the past 17 years, and we will always be grateful for having known him. On behalf of the Celtics organization, we express our deepest condolences to his wife Dianne, and his sons Andrew and Eric.”

Follow Christopher Price @cpriceNFL.