One of the greats of the National Basketball Association (NBA) League, Bob Lanier died at the age of 73 due to a short illness. The left-handed big man who was famous for the skyhook and his significantly bigger feet, bid adieu to the world on Tuesday. Notably, the Hall of Famer and eight-time all-star had worked for the league as a global ambassador.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver heaped praise on Lanier and called him one of the most talented centers in league history. Silver also added that Lanier’s accomplishments went far beyond what he did 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,” Silver said in a statement. “It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever been around,” he added.
Detroit Pistons extend condolences
On this shocking loss for Lanier’s family, his ex-club Detroit Pistons extended their condolences to his family and called him kind. “As fierce and as dominant as Bob was on the court, he was equally kind and impactful in the community,” the Pistons said.
“As an ambassador for both the Pistons organization and the NBA, he represented our league, our franchise and our fans with great passion and integrity. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”
Notably, Bob Lanier remains the Pistons’ franchise leader in scoring average at 22.7 points per game. Although Lanier was Detroit’s career leader in points and rebounds, he was passed by Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer in those categories, and his single-game franchise record of 33 rebounds was topped by Dennis Rodman.