Former Pistons and Bucks huge man Bob Lanier has handed away at the age of 73, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). A trigger of loss of life was not disclosed as of this writing.
A 6’11” heart, Lanier was chosen with the highest decide within the 1970 NBA draft by the Pistons, following three All-American seasons at St. Bonaventure. Lanier performed for 10 years in Detroit earlier than being traded in 1980 to the Bucks, the place he would end his profession after the 1983-84 season.
An eight-time All-Star with the Pistons and Bucks and the 1973/74 All-Star Recreation MVP, Lanier holds profession averages of 20.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, and three.1 APG, throughout 959 profession common season video games. Lanier was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame as a participant in 1992.
Lanier additionally loved an energetic profession with the NBA lengthy after his taking part in days had ceased. He served as a president for the NBPA and loved an extended profession as an envoy for the league.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver launched a press release by way of the league (Twitter link). “For greater than 30 years, Bob served as our world ambassador and as a particular assistant to [former commissioner] David Stern after which me, touring the world to show the sport’s values and make a optimistic influence on younger individuals all over the place,” Silver mentioned partially. “I realized a lot from Bob by merely watching how he related with individuals. He was an in depth pal who I’ll miss dearly, as will so many of his colleagues throughout the NBA who have been impressed by his generosity.”
We at Hoops Rumors lengthen our deepest condolences to Lanier’s household and associates.