NBA Corridor of Famer Bob Lanier Useless At 73

Unhappy information within the NBA world … Corridor of Famer Bob Lanier handed away on

Unhappy information within the NBA world … Corridor of Famer Bob Lanier handed away on Tuesday at 73 years previous.

The Detroit Pistons legend — who made eight All-Star groups in 14 seasons — died following a brief sickness, the NBA introduced. He was surrounded by his household when he handed, the league added.

“I discovered a lot from Bob by merely watching how he related with folks,” NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, mentioned in a press release mourning Lanier’s loss of life on Tuesday night time. “He was an in depth buddy who I’ll miss dearly, as will so a lot of his colleagues throughout the NBA who have been impressed by his generosity.”

“We ship our deepest condolences to Bob’s household and buddies.”

Lanier — who gained notoriety for his measurement 22 footwear — was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the #1 general decide within the 1970 NBA Draft … and he went on to star for the Motor Metropolis for the subsequent decade, averaging 22.7 factors per recreation and 11.8 rebounds per recreation.

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound large man later went on to star for the Bucks — taking part in 4 seasons in Milwaukee earlier than retiring following the 1983-84 season.

Silver referred to as Lanier one among “probably the most gifted facilities within the historical past of the NBA.”

“His impression on the league went far past what he achieved on the courtroom,” Silver mentioned.
“For greater than 30 years, Bob served as our world ambassador and as a particular assistant to David Stern after which me, touring the world to show the sport’s values and make a constructive impression on younger folks all over the place.”

Silver continued, “It was a labor of affection for Bob, who was one of many kindest and most real folks I’ve ever been round. His monumental affect on the NBA was additionally seen throughout his time as President of the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation, the place he performed a key function within the negotiation of a game-changing collective bargaining settlement.”