NBA Commissioner David Stern on Bill Sharman’s impact on basketball

Below is a statement from NBA commissioner David Stern on former Lakers coach and executive Bill Sharman, who died Friday morning at 87.

“Be it on the court as a star player for the Boston Celtics, or on the sidelines as the guiding force behind the Lakers’ first NBA championship in Los Angeles, Bill Sharman led an extraordinary basketball life,” Stern said in a statement. “More than that, however, Bill was a man of great character and integrity. His loss will be deeply felt. On behalf the NBA family, our thoughts and condolences go out to Bill’s family.”

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