NBA announces death of Hall of Famer, Pistons legend Bob Lanier



Basketball great Bob Lanier has died after a short illness. He was 73 years old. Lanier was one of the best NBA players of the 1970s, building muscle alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. The southpaw is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was the first draft pick in 1970 after leading Saint-Bonaventure to the Final Four. In 1992, he made the Hall of Fame, where a tanned pair of his giant sneakers are on display.

Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the best NBA players of the 1970s, died on Tuesday. He was 73 years old.

The NBA said Lanier died after a short illness. The Hall of Famer had worked for the league as a global ambassador. The Athletic reported in 2019 that Lanier was being treated for bladder cancer.

Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his career. He is third on the Pistons career list in points and rebounds. (as of 2020) Detroit drafted Lanier with the first overall pick in 1970 after leading St. Bonaventure to the Final Four.

Lanier entered the Hall of Fame in 1992. But his boat-waist shoes beat him to it, with a display of his tan sneakers in the sanctuary.

He was known to wear size 22 shoes, although this was disputed in 1989 by a Converse representative, who told The Atlanta Constitution that Lanier wore a size 18 1/2.