Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Former NBA commissioner David Stern remains in serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery to address a sudden brain hemorrhage, the league announced Tuesday.
"NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern remains in serious condition following emergency surgery to address a sudden brain hemorrhage on Thursday," the league said in its statement. "He is receiving great care and surrounded by his loved ones.
"The Stern family and everyone at the NBA appreciate the incredible outpouring of support. Our thoughts and prayers remain with David and his family."
Stern, who is credited with shaping the NBA into its current global status, served as league commissioner from 1984 until retiring in 2014. Current NBA commissioner Adam Silver replaced Stern upon his retirement.
Under Stern's watch, the NBA also added seven new franchises and relocated six other teams. The league's annual revenue from television contracts, player salaries and the value of franchises increased exponentially due in large part to Stern.
Stern was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. He also founded the WNBA in 1997.