Stern began building the bridge that connected the NBA and China, which has been a mutually beneficial relationship.
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David Stern once predicted that the NBA would have a division in Europe within 10 years.Stern died Wednesday, nearly three weeks after a brain hemorrhage made the end inevitable. He was the NBA's commissioner for exactly 30 years -- from Feb. 1, 1984, through Feb. 1, 2014 -- and turned a league that was having its biggest games shown on tape delay into the multibillion-dollar global juggernaut that it is today. Stern began building the bridge that connected the NBA and China, which has been a mutually beneficial relationship financially and likely will remain that way once the rift that was born this fall over political differences calms down. He took the league from 23 to 30 teams. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra remembers when the Portland Trail Blazers -- his father, Jon Spoelstra, was a member of that team's front office -- drafted Arvydas Sabonis and Drazen Petrovic, international talents who might not have ever gotten to the NBA if not for Stern.Most NBA players towered over him, of course, but Stern is unquestionably one of the league's -- and one of the game's -- absolute giants.
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