Hall of Famer Bob Lanier passed away at age 73 on Tuesday night after a short illness, announced the NBA in a statement.
Lanier played 14 seasons for the Pistons and Bucks, averaging 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his career.
“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,” released Adam Silver in a statement. “It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever been around.”
Lanier lead the Pistons in points and rebounds before being passed by Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer in the respective categories.
Lanier also coached the Warriors on an interim basis in 1995, taking over from Don Nelson. Lanier went 12-25 during his time as coach.