The NBA world celebrates David Stern's contributions to the game

David Stern's lasting legacy as NBA commissioner (4:22)

Jeremy Schaap reflects on the life and legacy of former NBA commissioner David Stern, who has died at the age of 77. (4:22)

David Stern, who served as the NBA's commissioner from 1984 until 2014, died Wednesday, the league announced in a statement. Stern was commissioner during the most successful period in NBA history and shepherded the league into the global market.

Stern's impact on the game was undeniable, and reaction to his death poured in from around the league on Wednesday afternoon.

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Players past and present expressed their condolences, with many sharing the moment Stern welcomed them to the NBA on the draft-day stage.

The NBA, owners, executives and teams also shared statements offering their condolences and celebrating the commissioner's accomplishments during his time with the league.