Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Many NBA players from DeMarcus Cousins to Pau Gasol to Imang Shumpert took to Twitter to pay their respects and David Stern also issued a statement regarding the passing of Mandela.
Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders in the world and a great friend of the NBA. He led his nation to democracy at incredible personal sacrifice, and in rebuilding it, he understood how to harness the power of sport to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, and while we mourn his passing, we know that his legacy and quest for equality will endure.”