Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. Bonaventure University. September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Aerial view of downtown Buffalo, New York Buffalo is an American city in western New York. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. ... The Milwaukee Bucks are a National Basketball Association team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... St. ...
In his 14 NBA seasons, he averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting a respectable 51.4 percent from the field. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ...
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Lanier was a three-time Converse All-America selection (1968-1970), and in 1970, he led St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four, however, he was injured late in the regional championship game and did not participate in Bona's national semi final loss to Artis Gilmore-led Jacksonville University.
Lanier was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and was named to the All-Rookie Team following the 1970-71 season.
Lanier was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks.
Lanier played more than nine seasons in Detroit and is the Pistons' all-time leader in scoring average (22.7 ppg) and ranks second in rebounds (8,063) and third in points (15,488).
Yet despite Lanier's Hall of Fame numbers (he was inducted in 1992), in 14 seasons with the Pistons and the Bucks he never realized his greatest aspiration: to put a championship ring on his finger.
In 1989, Lanier became involved in the launching of the NBA's Stay In School program, a nationwide campaign in which the NBA and its players urge middle school students to complete their high school education.
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