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Bob Lanier, NBA Force Who Left Big Shoes To Fill, Dies At 73

May 11, 2022, 9:17 AM

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Bob Lanier attends State Farm All-Star Saturday Night - NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York.

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.

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.

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Bob Lanier, NBA Force Who Left Big Shoes To Fill, Dies At 73