Detroit Pistons legend Bob Lanier dies at 73

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

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

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