The NBA has lost one of its most emblematic former players in the last few hours. Detroit Pistons legend and Hall of Famer Bob Lanier has died at the age of 73, league commissioner Adam Silver announced.
On the death of the eight-time All-Star, the statement issued only indicates that his goodbye came after a brief illness. No further details have been given about the death of Lanier, who had worked for the American competition as a global ambassador for it.
Chosen as number 1 in the 1970 draft by the Detroit Pistons, it was there that he shone with his own light to be an All-Star seven times and MVP of the All-Star game in 1974. His top regarding collective successes stayed in the semifinals of 1976 conference, a fact that does not prevent us from placing him among the five best players in Pistons history. He would also play for the Milwaukee Bucks in a career that spanned 14 seasons. Adam Silver fires him with these words.
“For more than 30 years, Bob has served as a global ambassador and special assistant, first to David Stern and then to me, traveling the world to teach the values of the game and make a positive impact on young people around the world. It was a labor of love on Bob’s part, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I’ve ever been with.»
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