Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons legend, dies at 73

Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons legend, dies at 73

Bob Lanier. whose stellar career with the Detroit Pistons in the 1970s was hampered both by injuries and his desire for a title, has died at age 73, the NBA announced Tuesday night.

Lanier, taken No. 1 overall by the Pistons in 1970 out of St. Bonaventure, spent parts of 10 seasons with the franchise, averaging 22.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game over 681 games in Detroit. He then played parts of five seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks while hunting for a championship that eluded him at both the collegiate and pro levels. He ended his NBA career in 1984 with averages of 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

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