Michael Jordan, NBA players react to death of David Stern

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Longtime NBA commissioner David Stern died Wednesday afternoon a few weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.

Stern served exactly 30 years as commissioner before passing the job to Adam Silver in 2014. Stern held the title of commissioner emeritus until his death.

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"Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David's vision, generosity and inspiration," Adam Silver said in statement released by the league. "Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him."

Several current and former NBA players reacted to the news Wednesday, including Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan.

Here is Jordan's full statement via his manager:

Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today. He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon, creating opportunities that few could have imagined before. His vision and leadership provided me with the global stage that allowed me to succeed. David had a deep love for the game of basketball and demanded excellence from those around him — and I admired him for that. I wouldn't be where I am without him. I offer my deepest sympathies to Dianne and his family.

Hall of Famers like Bill Russell, Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen also offered their condolences.

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