An instrumental figure in keeping the Kings in Sacramento

January 2, 2020
David Stern

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away on 1/01/2020 after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Dec 12th. 

Less than 10 years ago the franchise considered moving to other cities but it was David Stern who believed the Kings belonged in Sacramento.

David Stern was the NBA's commissioner from 1984-2014

“Without David Stern, the Kings aren't here. It's really is that cut and dry, there's no ifs, ands or buts. If it wasn’t for him stepping in and sticking up for the little guy and girl, there's no team here,” said Carmichael Dave.

The Sacramento Kings Chairman, CEO and Governor Vivek Ranadivé released a statement.

"David will always be remembered as Superman in Sacramento. His impact on the league will leave a lasting imprint around the world and his fierce support of the team and this community is the reason why the Kings stayed in Sacramento. David’s enthusiasm for our city and belief in our fans will never be forgotten.

He was a brilliant leader, thoughtful visionary, passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, loyal friend, and loving husband and father who will be deeply missed. David’s unprecedented 30-year tenure as Commissioner will go down in history as the greatest in all of sports. He transformed the game of basketball and turned the league into the global force we know and love today. It has been a great honor to call him a dear friend and his commitment to using the NBA platform to do good will always be a source of great inspiration to myself and many others.

On behalf of the Kings organization, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Dianne, sons Andrew and Eric, and the entire Stern family as we keep them in our hearts and prayers at this most difficult time.”

‪David Stern kept the kings in Sacramento and cp3 off of the Lakers. What I’m trying to say is he was a great man! #RipDavidStern ‬

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I remember when every young Hooper Dream was to have this moment with the “COMMISSIONER”... Thank you for all you have done for the game. You were a true leader, visionary and also a flat out GAME CHANGER. The league wouldn’t be what it is today without you. The entire NBA family and fans around the world will miss you. -- #2009Draftday RIP #DavidStern ----

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“David will always be remembered as Superman in Sacramento."

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