Bob Lanier, the NBA center with giant feet, dies at 73

The American professional basketball league, the NBA, has said goodbye to one of its legends: the basketball player Bob Lanieralso a member of the Hall of Fame and a global ambassador for the NBA, who has died at the age of 73 after suffering a “brief illness”, in tune with what the league itself has reported in a statement shared through its social networks. Born in New York in 1948, the eight-time All-Star he played for more than nine seasons in Detroit, becoming the Pistons’ all-time leader in scoring average, and ranking second in rebounding. However, despite his 14 seasons with the Pistons and Bucks, he failed to get an NBA championship ring on his finger.

Recognized as one of the “most talented” centers in NBA history and with the peculiarity of earning a nickname for his giant feet Given the size 57 of sneakers he wore, after concluding his active career on the field of play in 1984, Lanier was for more than 20 years a global ambassador for the NBA and assistant to David Stern, in charge of having commissioned the NBA since the 80s until 2014, and Adam Silver, current manager of the league, “traveling the world to teach the values ​​of sport and generate a positive impact on the younger generations around the world”.

For the center, they highlight from the NBA, this was a task full of “love”, coming from one of the kindest and most genuine people, Silver highlights when recalling the figure of Lanier in the league statement. “His enormous influence in the NBA was also appreciated during his time as president of the National Association of Basketball Players. [NBPA, por sus siglas en inglés]where he played a key role in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement that turned the tables,” the statement also stated.

The American professional basketball league, the NBA, has said goodbye to one of its legends: the basketball player Bob Lanieralso a member of the Hall of Fame and a global ambassador for the NBA, who has died at the age of 73 after suffering a “brief illness”, in tune with what the league itself has reported in a statement shared through its social networks. Born in New York in 1948, the eight-time All-Star he played for more than nine seasons in Detroit, becoming the Pistons’ all-time leader in scoring average, and ranking second in rebounding. However, despite his 14 seasons with the Pistons and Bucks, he failed to get an NBA championship ring on his finger.

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