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Not far from the office where David Stern held the NBA’s highest post for three decades, legends of the game joined family and friends to honor the late commissioner at a memorial service held inside Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, three weeks after.
Following a video tribute, Stern’s successor, Adam Silver, was the first on a list of speakers that also included Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson and his longtime coach, Pat Riley, among others.
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“David said, ‘It doesn’t matter what people think about you, but what they feel about you,’” a solemn Silver said of his mentor in front of a massive audience,, one of several media members in attendance. “What I felt about David, I loved him.”
Stern’s son Eric also spoke, mixing some borderline NSFW humor into the memorial of his father.
Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki and Dikembe Mutombo wereamong the NBA legends paying their respects. Both the Lakers and New York Knicks canceled practices in New York City to allow members of both organizations to attend, . Every team was believed to have been represented at the service.
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“I’m going to miss my angel,” a tearful Johnson said in his eulogy,. “We all know he is the greatest commissioner to ever live, but he’s a man that stood for what is right.”
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The two forged a special bond when Stern stood by Johnson’s side following his 1991 HIV diagnosis. Stern called Johnson
Other dignitaries reportedly in attendance on Tuesday included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Grammy Award-winning Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
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