NBA commissioner Adam Silver has paid tribute to NBA hall of famer Bob Lanier, after the latter passed away at the age of 73.
With his sweeping left-hand hook, and dominant presence, bob Lanier was one of the most feared players of his generation. During his death, he was surrounded by his family. Lanier was suffering from illness, and passed away shortly after.
Paying tribute to the Hall of Famer, Adam Silver said, “Bob Lanier was a Hall of Fame player and among the most talented centers in the history of the NBA, but his impact on the league went far beyond what he accomplished on the court. For more than 30 years, Bob served as our global ambassador and as a special assistant to David Stern and then me, traveling the world to teach the game’s values and make a positive impact on young people everywhere.”
“It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever been around. His enormous influence on the NBA was also seen during his time as President of the National Basketball Players Association, where he played a key role in the negotiation of a game-changing collective bargaining agreement.”
“I learned so much from Bob by simply watching how he connected with people. He was a close friend who I will miss dearly, as will so many of his colleagues across the NBA who were inspired by his generosity. We send our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.”
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his career. He was also was an 8-time All-Star .