Basketball Hall of Famer, NBA Legend Passes Away

The NBA said goodbye to a legendary basketball Hall of Famer today. Formerly of the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, 73-year-old Bob Lanier was "among the most talented centers in the history of the NBA," wrote commissioner Adam Silver in a league statement. Lanier passed away after a short illness.

"His impact went far beyond what he accomplished on the court,” continued Silver. “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."

Lanier was the first overall pick in 1970 by the Detroit Pistons, and went on to a 14-year career in which he averaged 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 blocks. He was an 8-time All-Star, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

RIP Bob Lanier.