A Detroit legend passed away, Bob Lanier died at 73

In Detroit’s rich history – told so well in the Motor City Chronicles that we can’t recommend it enough – the general public is most familiar with the Bad Boys of the 80s and the champion team in 2004. Bob Lanier never won a title with the Pistons, but he’s still one of the most important players.

Lanier, 73, died Tuesday from an illness, his family said. The interior, who spent 10 years in Detroit between 1970 and 1980, leaves excellent memories to those who rubbed shoulders with him during and after his NBA career, like league boss Adam Silver.

“Bob Lanier was one of the most talented pivots of all time, but his impact goes far beyond the pitch. For 30 years he was our ambassador and a valuable assistant to David Stern and myself. Bob traveled the world to pass on his values ​​and influence youth, he was one of the most genuine and pleasant people I have ever known.

He was also the president of the players’ union, helping to sign a critically important CBA. I learned a lot from him and he was a close friend who inspired us all with his generosity.”

Eight-time All-Star, All-Star Game MVP and Hall of Famer since 1992, Bob Lanier has scored more than 19,000 career points, with just two stops, Detroit and Milwaukee, where he shot 20 points and 10 average rebounds during his career, against clints like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wes Unseld, Dave Cowens or Walt Bellamy.

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