Among sports fans, simply hearing the name “David Stern” is one to conjure up a number of emotions. Regardless of if one loved him or hated him, one cannot deny the impact that he had on the NBA, which included growing the league into an international sport.
He also had a major impact on women’s basketball – and women’s sports as well, which was proven in the 1990s when he had a major vision to create the WNBA.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville recognizes this – and it announced plans to recognize him posthumously as part of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.
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That ceremony recognizing Stern and the rest of that class was scheduled to take place this year, but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That class also includes Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson.
Stern was the NBA’s commissioner from 1984 to 2014. Stern passed away on the first day of this year and is already a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.