Former MVP And NBA Star Bob Lanier Has Passed Away

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Former MVP And NBA Star Bob Lanier Has Passed Away


Legendary Hall of Famer and former basketball superstar Bob Lanier has passed away yesterday at the age of 73, following a short illness. 

Lanier played in the NBA for 14 seasons, averaging 20.1 points, 10.1 rebound, 3.1 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game, while shooting 51.4% from the field.

Bob won the NBA MVP award in 1974, was part of eight All-Star Teams and has his No. 16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Buck.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement after his death:


“Bob Lanier was a Hall of Fame player and among the most talented centers in the history of the NBA, but his impact on the league went far beyond what he accomplished on the court. 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. His enormous influence on the NBA was also seen during his time as President of the National Basketball Players Association, where he played a key role in the negotiation of a game-changing collective bargaining agreement.

“I learned so much from Bob by simply watching how he connected with people. He was a close friend who I will miss dearly, as will so many of his colleagues across the NBA who were inspired by his generosity. We send our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”


Rest in peace, Bob!

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