Former NBA commissioner David Stern died at age 77 on the first of the year, and a memorial service was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to remember his legacy on Tuesday.
And it was all on Knicks owner James Dolan's dime.
According to SNY's Ian Begley, all the expenses for the memorial service were covered by Dolan, as Tishman Speyer Properties -- the owner of Radio City Music Hall -- is operated by his Madison Square Garden company. The Knicks also cancelled practice on Tuesday to attend the service.
The Knicks arrive for David Stern's memorial service at Radio City pic.twitter.com/uI2cxiO5Kt- SNY (@SNYtv) January 21, 2020
It was a packed house in midtown as a video tribute and multiple speakers that included current NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Magic Johnson and Pat Riley honored Stern.
Stern held his title from 1984 to 2014 before Silver took over, and he was well respected throughout his tenure. He helped the NBA become a progressive league and tried to build the NBA's global brand.
Because of his 30 years of service and how much he did for the league, Stern was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 following his retirement.