New York rapper Fat Joe is paying homage to a true NBA legend. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to remember the life of late former commissioner David Stern.

This week, Joey Crack and some NBA stars of past and present remembered Stern’s life.

According to the NBA, Stern’s life ended on New Year’s Day as a result of a recent brain hemorrhage.

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NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern passed away this afternoon as a result of the brain hemorrhage he suffered approximately three weeks ago. His wife, Dianne, and their family were with him at his bedside.⁣ ⁣ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement:⁣ ⁣ “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends.  We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us.  Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.⁣ ⁣ “⁣David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads. But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand – making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.⁣ ⁣ “Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration. Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him.”

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Stern had been hospitalized since mid-December due to the brain hemorrhage.

David Stern’s run as NBA commissioner lasted for 30 years and during the league’s most successful seasons.

Stern’s tenure overlapped with two of basketball’s all-time greats, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Stern became commissioner in February 1984, the same year Jordan entered the league. And Stern stepped down from his post three decades later in 2014, the year after James won his second of three NBA titles. (ESPN)