David Stern, longtime NBA commissioner, undergoes emergency brain surgery

Stern remains in serious condition following the surgery.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern (photo credit: KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS)
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern

David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage after collapsing at a New York City restaurant.

Stern, 77, was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon from the Brasserie 8 1/2 on Manhattan’s West Side.

During his NBA tenure from 1974 to 2014, he guided the basketball league from financial distress to extraordinary success.

Stern is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

The Teaneck, New Jersey, native has two sons with his wife, Dianne, and lives in Scarsdale, New York.

His successor as commissioner, Adam Silver, is also Jewish.

On Monday December 17, The NBA released a statement saying that Stern was in serious condition following his surgery.

"He is receiving great care and surrounded by his loved ones," the statement said, adding: "Our thoughts and prayers remain with David and his family."

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.