Credit: AFP - Scanpix
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Former NBA commissioner David Stern was honored for his contribution to US basketball.

Stern was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of the key figures in developing woman's basketball and initiated the creation of the WNBA in 1997.

Ex-players like Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson, Debbie Brock, and contributors such as Carol Callan, Sue Donohoe, and Carol Stiff were named into the Hall of Fame along with Stern.

Stern's son, Eric Stern, talked about the dedication his father had toward woman's basketball: "The WNBA was my father's baby. It was something he had to fight for. He had to spend a lot of professional capital, and even some personal capital, to make it happen. There were a lot of doubters. He tended to enjoy conflict and didn't mind it at all. He did a lot of civil rights work as he was growing up. He had a strong conviction toward equity and equality."

Stern was an NBA commissioner from 1984 to 2014. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2014.

Stern passed away on January 1, 2020, due to a brain hemorrhage.

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