Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern lead the 2016 FIBA Hall of Fame class
Both men were inducted on Saturday, and are now Hall of Famers for FIBA, and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Commissioner Stern worked with former FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic in the ’80s and ’90s to ensure NBA players could compete in the global games held every four years.
He spoke to FIBA.com concerning the honor:
I am greatly honored to have been selected for induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame. I am proud of my collaboration with Borislav Stankovic to unite and strengthen basketball on a global basis, which has been continued by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.
It is also a great honor for me to be inducted with Hakeem Olajuwon and the other class of 2016 inductees who have contributed so much to our game.