Eight-time NBA All-Star Bob Lanier (73) has passed away

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Former NBA player Bob Lanier died on Tuesday at the age of 73 after an illness. Adam Silver, top man of the American basketball league, confirmed the news and in a press release calls him “one of the most talented centers in history”.


Lanier was an impressive appearance (2m11 and 113 kg) who especially in the 1970s shone in the shirt of the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 22.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over ten seasons. But it wasn’t until the Milwaukee Bucks, his only other team in the NBA, that he first reached a Conference Final in the 1983-1984 season.

The 57-size New Yorker was selected eight times to the All-Star Game, where he was named MVP in 1974. After his playing career, Lanier was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame (in 1992) and briefly led the Golden State Warriors (37 games in the 1994-1995 season). He then traveled the world as an NBA Ambassador and assistant to David Stern, Adam Silver’s predecessor as NBA Commissioner.

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