NBA commissioner Adam Silver releases a statement after Muhammad Ali's death

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The news of Muhammad Ali's passing is still fresh as the world mourns one of the greatest legends of the 20th century.

The former three-time Heavyweight champion passed away in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona having been admitted due to respiratory issues - a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease, an illness that he had lived with for 32 years.

Tributes have poured in from all corners of the globe, including from some of the biggest names in NBA past and present. Commissioner Adam Silver has also released a statement following the death of the 74-year-old.

It read: "Muhammad Ali transcended sports with his out-sized personality and dedication to civil rights and social justice. He was an inspirational presence at several major NBA events and was deeply admired by so many throughout the league.

"While we are deeply saddened by his loss, Muhammad Ali's legacy lives on in every athlete who takes a stand for what he or she believes."

Ali touched the hearts of millions and was a fan of the NBA throughout his life.

He was pictured on numerous occasions at courtside and was in attendance for a Sacramento Kings game to watch Nancy Lieberman coach after being delighted the franchise had given her a shot.

It was not just in the ring where the Heavyweight inspired. His actions in all walks of life were highly admired and he is seen as a pioneer for social justice in his time.

There will never be another Muhammad Ali, but his legacy has impacted on many of the greatest talents we see before us today.

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