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David Stern, commissioner emeritus of the National Basketball Association (NBA), smiles during a Bloomberg Television interview at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** David Stern David Stern (Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association who once served as its general counsel and is credited with helping the league gain international recognition, passed away on Wednesday at 77.

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Dan Clark

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