SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Scarsdale’s David Stern!
David Joel Stern, a Scarsdale resident, turns 72 on Monday.
Stern, former commissioner of the National Basketball Association, was born Sept. 22, 1942. He started with the NBA 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 Feb.14, 2014, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Stern would be a member of its 2014 induction class.
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