Hall of Famer Bob Lanier Dead at 73

A legend from the days when the NBA was filled with tough guys and no crybabies is gone.

Bob Lanier, who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons, has passed away.

Lanier was 73 years old.

NBA Legend

Lanier came from a different time… when there was no whining for rough play inside.

I would have loved to see LeBron James take a ride back in time to play against big men like Lanier.

James cries when someone looks at him the wrong way, let alone getting a forearm shiver for daring to come into the lane from the likes of Lanier.

He played 14 seasons in the NBA, having spent 10 with the Pistons and four more with the Milwaukee Bucks.

At 6’10”, he was an imposing figure who stood his ground against some of the best big men to have ever played the game.

Lanier averaged 20.1 points per game during his career and 10.1 rebounds per game.

For his career, he scored a total of 19,248 points, amassed 9,698 rebounds, and rejected 1,100 shots.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated, “For more than 30 years, Bob served as our global ambassador and as a special assistant to David Stern and then me, traveling the world to teach the game’s values and make a positive impact on young people everywhere.

“It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever been around.”

During his career, Lanier was named to the All-Star team eight times, winning the game’s MVP award in 1974.

He was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1971.

Both the Pistons and Bucks retired his number when his playing days were over.

According to the NBA, Lanier died after a short battle with an illness.

Rest in peace, big man… you were a legend during a time that we will never see again in the NBA.

Source: New York Post

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  1. I became a Friend of Bob Lanier and his Daughter Kimberly at our local Eating Establishment in Chandler Arizona.
    He was a great Guy with a great sense of Humor as We shared our Stories. He was kind of amazed when I shared
    a Story of how I got to Play with Bob Cousy & Togo Palazzi of Celtics Fame but it was the Joking back and forth
    that will remain with Me forever. God Bless Bob

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