NBA Reaction to the Death of Nelson Mandela

On Thursday, December 5, the great Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Mandela led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and was the country’s first black president. He became a worldwide symbol of dignity.

Below are just some of what those associated with the NBA had to say about the passing of, simply one of the best all-around people we had the pleasure to witness.

Statement from commissioner David Stern:

“Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders in the world and a great friend of the NBA. He led his nation to democracy at incredible personal sacrifice, and in rebuilding it, he understood how to harness the power of sport to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, and while we mourn his passing we know that his legacy and quest for equality will endure.”