Charlotte Hornets: Michael Jordan releases beautiful statement on David Stern’s passing

Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Following the unfortunate death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern yesterday evening, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan released a statement.

For NBA fans across the world, the year 2020 got off to a sad start, as former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage three weeks prior. Teams, players, owners and more would then show their support and appreciation for Stern, including Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

Here’s some of what Jordan had to say about the former NBA Commissioner, who played a major role in shaping the league into what it is today:

"“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… I wouldn’t be where I am without him. I offer my deepest sympathies to Dianne and his family.”"

You can read more from the official statement from Jordan here. It is very well said from who I consider to be the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

Jordan hit the nail on the head with his opening line. Stern did so much for the NBA; you could write pages filled from top-to-bottom with all the accomplishments he had during his career.

From expanding the league to 30 teams, to opening the door for International players and making this a global game, Stern truly left his mark on the league. He will be missed dearly by those close to him, as well as the fans who grew up watching him work.

Michael Jordan, of course, had a huge impact on the success of the NBA as well. Most people will tell you that Stern and Jordan, along with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, really saved the NBA and made it what it is today.

David Stern was a true leader, and I love seeing Jordan almost immediately send out a statement on the matter. Stern is going to be incredibly missed by us all. Rest easy now, David!

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It’s no secret that 2020 is off to a tough start. Losing Commissioner Stern hurts, but let’s see if the Charlotte Hornets can put a smile on the fans’ faces with a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. I would expect the Cavaliers to pay tribute to Stern prior to tip-off.