NBA Hall of Fame center and former No. 1 overall Bob Lanier dies at 73

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The tragic news came with the legend’s death on Tuesday night midway through the NBA playoffs. Bob Lanier, who played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, has died at the age of 73.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced: statement.

“Bob Lanier was a Hall of Fame player and one of the most talented centers in NBA history, but his influence on the league went far beyond what he had on the court. Bob has been our global ambassador and special adviser for over 30 years. [former commissioner] David Stern and I travel the world teaching the value of games and positively impacting young people everywhere.

“It was a loving labor for Bob, one of the kindest and most sincere people I have ever met. His immense influence on the NBA was evident even during his tenure as NBA President. Key to negotiating game-changing collective bargaining agreements hostile role.

“I learned a lot by observing how Bob relates to people. He was a close friend I will miss very much and so will many of my colleagues across the NBA who were inspired by his generosity. We express our deepest condolences. .Bob’s family and friends.”

Lanier was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1970 draft and averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds during his career. He also served as a voting panel. NBA 75th Anniversary TeamIt was announced last October.

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