He was the 4th NBA commish and current NBA commish Adam Silver was his protege.
The NBA hired Stern in 1980 as the Executive Vice President after he put in 2 years as the league's general counsel.
Stern famously implemented the NBA's dress code which required players to wear business casual attire to games. It also required players to wear a sport coat and dress shoes while on the bench (if that player wasn't active for the game).
Stern is married to Diane Bock Stern and they have 2 adult sons together, Eric and Andrew.
During his run as commish, Stern helped launch and grow the WNBA.