Bob Lanier spent 14 seasons in the NBA until his retirement in 1984.©Twitter
Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier passed away on Tuesday after a short illness, the NBA reports. He was 73. Lanier, who spent 14 seasons in the NBA until his retirement in 1984, averaged 20.1 points per game in 959 appearances. The towering six-foot center spent the first decade of his career with the Detroit Pistons before joining the Milwaukee Bucks for the 1979–80 season, where he would play five seasons. “Bob Lanier was a Hall of Fame player and one of the most talented centers in NBA history, but his impact on the league went far beyond what he accomplished on the field,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. statement.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s statement on Bob Lanier’s death. pic.twitter.com/8GD9BhKt7C
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Lanier served as a worldwide NBA ambassador after his retirement and chaired a league-backed initiative that encouraged children to stay in school.
He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1992, his number 16 jersey having been retired by both the Pistons and Bucks.
“It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever been with,” added Silver.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”
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