Bob Lanier, NBA Force Who Left Big Shoes To Fill, Dies At 73
May 11, 2022, 9:17 AM
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (AP) – Basketball big man Bob Lanier has died after a short illness. He was 73.
Lanier was one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, muscling up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks.
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The left-hander averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds.
He was the No. 1 draft pick in 1970 after leading St. Bonaventure to the Final Four.
In 1992, he made the Hall of Fame, where a bronzed pair of his giant sneakers are displayed.