Legendary Hall of Famer and former basketball superstar Bob Lanier passed away Tuesday at the age of 73 after a short illness.

Bob won the 1974 NBA MVP award, was part of eight All-Star teams, and his number 16 jersey was retired by both the Pistons and the Buck.

Lanier played in the NBA for 14 years and averaged 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game, hitting 51.4 percent from the field.

NBA chief Adam Silver issued the following statement after his death: “Bob Lanier was a Hall of Famer and one of the most talented centers in NBA history, but his impact on the league far exceeded what he was on playing field has done. For more than 30 years, Bob Lanier has traveled the world as our global ambassador and as the special assistant to David Stern and then me, spreading the values ​​of the game and having a positive impact on young people everywhere.”

And further: “For Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever known, this was a labor of love. His enormous influence on the NBA was also shown during his time as President of the National Basketball Players Association, where he played a key role in negotiating a game-changing collective agreement.

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

Rest in peace Bob!



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