Bob Lanier. whose stellar profession with the Detroit Pistons within the Seventies was hampered each by accidents and his want for a title

Lanier, taken No. 1 total by the Pistons in 1970 out of St. Bonaventure, spent components of 10 seasons with the franchise,

He then performed components of 5 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks whereas trying to find a championship that eluded him at each the collegiate and professional ranges.

An eight-time All-Star, Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

That got here regardless of no less than eight critical knee accidents, together with one earlier than he had even signed his rookie cope with the Pistons.

Bonaventure Elite Eight victory over Villanova on March 14, 1970, stored him out of the NCAA match nationwide semifinal, misplaced by the Bonnies just a few days later.

The Pistons drafted him on March 23, 1970, then reportedly signed him from his hospital mattress after knee surgical procedure.

I’ve all the time admired him as a result of he involves play with accidents," Chris Ford, his teammate on the Pistons from 1972-79, informed the Free Press in 1983.

He’s a man who’d do something to win. He’s by no means been with a winner, sadly, however he's a winner.

a decade during which he gained fame for his battles within the center with Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.