The NBA’s response to the death of David Stern, the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner who oversaw the league’s growth into a global powerhouse, on Wednesday was swift and heartfelt, with public reaction including those with ties to the Clippers.“RIP DAVID STERN,” tweeted Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.The team also released a statement on Twitter: “The L.A. Clippers and #ClipperNation are saddened by the loss of David Stern, whose vision and leadership over his 30 years as NBA commissioner transformed our sport into the game we love today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. He died with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside, according to the league. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tweeted Brian Sieman, the Clippers’ TV play-by-play man: “Thank you Commissioner Stern for giving us all a great life in the NBA.”“The entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the NBPA said in a statement. “David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants. His impact on our game and our business is immeasurable and the rewards we reap will continue to be appreciated by NBA players.”Former Clippers center Marcin Gortat also expressed his condolences: “Mr. Stern! What U have accomplished it’s beyond everyone expectations!! U have created the most powerful league in the world. It’s such a sad news:/ Rest In Peace!”Garrett Temple, another former Clipper, echoed those thoughts, tweeting: “RIP commissioner Stern. Condolences and prayers to his family.”Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, the league had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry. Clippers fans will remember that Stern was instrumental in Chris Paul’s tenure with the team, which acquired him in December 2011 from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.Prior to that trade, Stern vetoed the original Paul trade that involved the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.“I’m going to correct your language: What ‘cancelation’? The GM (Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern told Brian Berger in 2016 on the Sports Business Radio Road Show. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.“When you’re the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It wasn’t approved by me as the owner rep.”In six seasons with the Clippers, Paul averaged 18.8 points and 9.8 assists and was a star of the “Lob City” era.