Bob Lanier, a senior left-back who joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the top players in the NBA in the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73 years old.
The NBA said in a statement that the NBA’s most prominent venue died Tuesday after a short illness. Hall of Famer and eight-year-old NBA All-Star have served as world ambassador.
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks with approximately 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds on his career. He is third on Pistons’ career list in both terms and repetition. Detroit wrote Lanier and No. 1 elected in 1970 after leading St. Bonaventure to Final Four.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lanier’s actions were superior to those of the court.
“For more than 30 years, Bob has been our global ambassador and a special assistant to David Stern and then I, I travel around the world to teach sports and help young people everywhere,” Silver said. words. “It was a loving job for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most honest people I’ve ever been.”
Lanier entered the Hall of Fame in 1992. But his big boat shoes came in front of him, with a display of his brass boots in the temple.
He is known to wear 22 shoes, although he was criticized in 1989 by a Converse attorney, who told The Atlanta Constitution that Lanier wears 18 1/2.
“The 22 known dressers were Korean,” shoe spokesman Gary Stoken said.
Undoubtedly it was the obvious fact that his feet were large.
“Most people can put both feet in my shoes,” Lanier told HOOP magazine.
Born Sept. 10, 1948, in Buffalo, New York, Lanier played in college in St. Louis. Bonaventure, where he scored 27.6 points and 15.7 rebounds in three seasons. The Bonnies reached the Final Four in 1970, but Lanier suffered a knee injury at the regional end, and St. Louis. Bonaventure lost in the national semifinals in Jacksonville.
Lanier overcame a litany of bone injuries, dealing with shoulder, back, elbow, arm and toe problems during his career. But that did not stop him from securing his place among the top NBA titles in his time. After being named in the all-rookie team in 1971, he scored at least 21 points and 11 rebounds in each of the next seven seasons. Lanier was an MVP in the 1974 All-Star Game.
Lanier is able to beat opponents from the inside out while controlling the boards. Although Abdul-Jabbar had a very popular hook, celestial dung, Lanier’s was a great weapon.
“The boys didn’t change teams very well, so when you faced the Bulls or the Bucks or New York, you had all these competitions,” Lanier told NBA.com in 2018. “Lanier against Jabbar! Jabbar against Willis Reed! Then (Wilt) Chamberlain, and Artis Gilmore, and Bill Walton!
Although Lanier was special, the Pistons won only one series. He played 64 games or less in each of his last four seasons with Detroit. In February 1980, he was sold to Milwaukee.
Lanier spent a few minutes with the Bucks, but was one of the Milwaukee teams that reached the Eastern Conference in 1983 and 1984, the last two seasons of his career.
He also served as president of the player union during the final years of his career.
Lanier was in charge of Detroit’s career on points and rebounds before being overtaken by Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer in those categories, and his one-match winning streak of 33 rebounds went up by Dennis Rodman.
In 1995, Lanier was an assistant to the Golden State Warriors, then coached shortly after Don Nelson retired. Lanier went 12-25, and the Warriors found another coach after the season.
Lanier won the NBA J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award during the 1977-78 season for his outstanding contribution. Following his career, he helped launch the NBA’s Stay in School campaign and took part in the league.
“There are a lot of essentials out here,” Lanier said. “When you travel around different cities and different countries, you see that there are a lot of people who are in so much trouble that the NBA can do a lot. We make a big difference, but there is always a lot to do.”
The Associated Press has contributed to this.