New York – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and longtime NBA Global Ambassador Bob Lanier passed away early today at the age of 73 from a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the following 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 accomplished on the court. Bob has been our global ambassador and special assistant to David Stern for over 30 years, and he has traveled the world teaching the values of gaming and making a positive impact on young people around the world. It was a labor of love for Bob, one of the kindest and most sincere people I have ever met. His immense influence on the NBA was evident during his tenure as president of the National Basketball Players Association.
“I learned a lot just by seeing how Bob connects with people. He was a close friend that I will miss very much, like many of his teammates throughout the NBA who were inspired by his generosity. My deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”