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The late former NBA Commissioner David Stern through the years

Earlier today, former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away at the age of 77 as a result of a brain hemorrhage he suffered three weeks earlier.

MORE: Current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's statement on Stern's passing

Stern had become the Commissioner of the NBA on February 1 in 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien and exactly 30 years after, he stepped down and was succeeded by Adam Silver, his deputy.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and to the FIBA Hall of Fame a couple of years later in 2016.

MORE: NBA Players react to Stern's passing

Here's a look at the late former Commissioner through the years with the NBA:

Stern with Hakeem Olajuwon, the No. 1 overall pick of the 1984 NBA Draft - Stern's first

Stern handing Larry Bird his 1984 championship ring (Stern's first as Commissioner) at the ceremony prior to their 1985 home opener

Stern at the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985

Stern with the No.1 overall pick Shaquille O'Neal at the 1992 NBA Draft

Stern with Nelson Mandela as part of an Africa tour by NBA players in 1993

Stern handing Michael Jordan the 1996 NBA MVP award

David Stern and Michael Jordan

Stern with the LeBron James, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft

Stern with LeBron James and his four league MVP awards in 2010

Stern's final championship ring ceremony in Miami in 2013

Stern with his final NBA draft announcement in 2014

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