Bob Lanier (basketball)

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Bob Lanier
BobLanier.jpg
Lanier in 2004
Personal information
Born (1948-09-10) September 10, 1948 (age 70)
Buffalo, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolBennett (Buffalo, New York)
CollegeSt. Bonaventure (1967–1970)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1970–1984
PositionCenter
Number16
Career history
As player:
19701980Detroit Pistons
19801984Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1995Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points19,248 (20.1 ppg)
Rebounds9,698 (10.1 rpg)
Blocks1,100 (1.5 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.[1]

In his 14 NBA seasons, Lanier averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting a respectable 51.4 percent from the field. He played in eight NBA All-Star Games, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1974 game. He has had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks.

Childhood[edit]

Lanier was born in Buffalo, New York. Under coach Fred Szwejbka, he played at Buffalo's Bennett High School, where he graduated in 1966.[2] He then played collegiately at St. Bonaventure University, in Allegany, New York.

College[edit]

Lanier was a three-time Converse All-America selection (1968–1970), and in 1970, he led St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four. He injured his knee near the end of the regional championship game in a collision with Villanova's Chris Ford and did not participate in Bona's national semi-final loss to Jacksonville University and Artis Gilmore. That year he was named Coach and Athlete Magazine player of the year, and the ECAC Player of the Year.

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Pistons[edit]

Lanier was drafted number one overall by the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons and was named to the All-Rookie Team for the 1970–71 season after averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Lanier became a star for Detroit, averaging more than 21 points per game for each of the next eight seasons, with a high mark of 25.7 PPG in the 1971–72 season, and more than 11 rebounds per game in seven straight seasons. Lanier's latter years in Detroit were marred by recurring injuries, as he never played more than 64 games in any of his last four seasons as a Piston.

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

The Pistons traded Lanier to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1980. In his five seasons with the Bucks, they won the division championship each year. The same year he retired, in 1984, he was awarded the Oscar Robertson Leadership Award.

Coaching[edit]

In 1994–95, Lanier was the interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors for 37 games after Don Nelson stood down. He compiled a 12-25 win-loss record.

Subsequent career, honors, and anecdotes[edit]

Lanier currently owns and operates Bob Lanier Enterprises, Inc., a promotional marketing company and is a member of the Proforma network.[3]

At the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, visitors are able to compare the size of their foot to that of Lanier's. The largest shoe ever created by shoe company Allen Edmonds was a size 22 for Lanier.

The basketball court at Lanier's alma mater, St. Bonaventure, is named after him.

According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lanier would smoke cigarettes during halftime breaks. Abdul-Jabbar would try to take advantage of this by forcing Lanier to run more during the second half.[4] In the movie Airplane!, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also references Lanier when he says to little Bobby: "Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes."

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1970–71 Detroit 82 24.6 .455 .726 8.1 1.8 15.6
1971–72 Detroit 80 38.7 .493 .768 14.2 3.1 25.7
1972–73 Detroit 81 38.9 .490 .773 14.9 3.2 23.8
1973–74 Detroit 81 37.6 .504 .797 13.3 4.2 1.4 3.0 22.5
1974–75 Detroit 76 39.3 .510 .802 12.0 4.6 1.0 2.3 24.0
1975–76 Detroit 64 36.9 .532 .768 11.7 3.4 1.2 1.3 21.3
1976–77 Detroit 64 38.2 .534 .818 11.6 3.3 1.1 2.0 25.3
1977–78 Detroit 63 36.7 .537 .772 11.3 3.4 1.3 1.5 24.5
1978–79 Detroit 53 34.6 .515 .749 9.3 2.6 0.9 1.4 23.6
1979–80 Detroit 37 37.6 .546 .000 .781 10.1 3.3 1.0 1.6 21.7
1979–80 Milwaukee 26 28.4 .519 1.000 .785 6.9 2.4 1.4 1.1 15.7
1980–81 Milwaukee 67 26.2 .525 1.000 .751 6.2 2.7 1.1 1.2 14.3
1981–82 Milwaukee 74 72 26.8 .558 .000 .752 5.2 3.0 1.0 0.8 13.5
1982–83 Milwaukee 39 35 25.1 .491 .000 .684 5.1 2.7 0.9 0.6 10.7
1983–84 Milwaukee 72 72 27.9 .572 .000 .708 6.3 2.6 0.8 0.7 13.6
Career 959 33.5 .514 .154 .767 10.1 3.1 1.1 1.5 20.1
All-Star 8 0 15.1 .582 .833 5.6 1.5 0.5 0.6 9.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1974 Detroit 7 43.3 .507 .789 15.3 3.0 0.6 2.0 26.3
1975 Detroit 3 42.7 .510 .750 10.7 6.3 1.3 4.0 20.3
1976 Detroit 9 39.9 .552 .900 12.7 3.3 0.9 2.3 26.1
1977 Detroit 3 39.3 .630 .842 16.7 2.0 1.0 2.3 28.0
1980 Milwaukee 7 36.6 .515 .738 9.3 4.4 1.0 1.1 19.3
1981 Milwaukee 7 33.7 .588 .719 7.4 4.0 1.7 1.1 17.6
1982 Milwaukee 6 35.3 .513 .000 .560 7.5 3.7 1.3 0.8 16.0
1983 Milwaukee 9 27.8 .573 .600 7.0 2.6 0.6 1.6 13.7
1984 Milwaukee 16 31.2 .480 .886 7.3 3.4 0.7 0.6 12.7
Career 67 35.2 .532 .000 .768 9.6 3.5 0.9 1.5 18.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert J. "Bob" Lanier". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Bennett Coach Inspired Lanier: NBA Great Points to Mentor", The Buffalo News, February 16, 1995
  3. ^ "Bob Lanier Enterprises Joins Proforma". asicentral.com. The Advertising Specialty Institute. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ PBS News Hour, November 11, 2015

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