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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bob Lanier's Impact Felt On And Off The Court

It is easy to focus on negative stories--as the cliche goes, "If it bleeds, it leads." Crimes and wrongdoings committed by high profile athletes are newsworthy, but positive stories are equally worthy of attention. Why does it seem like we hear more about superstars having out of wedlock kids than we do about the students who receive educations as a result of multi-million dollar charitable donations by David Robinson (to cite just one example out of many)?

Bob Lanier averaged more than 20 ppg and 10 rpg during his Hall of Fame career, but his lasting legacy will be the lives that he has impacted around the world. Lanier serves as a special assistant to Commissioner David Stern in charge of the NBA's Team-Up community service programs. Hoopshype.com has just published my profile of Lanier:

http://www.hoopshype.com/articles/lanier_friedman.htm

posted by David Friedman @ 12:15 AM

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At Thursday, January 05, 2006 6:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great profile on #16, who was my hero as a kid growing up in Detroit. No big man ever had a more beautifully rounded offensive game than Lanier -- that silky left-handed hook rumbling across the lane, sweet outside shooting from either elbow or beyond, and a pump fake that set up a deceptively quick first step to the hoop.

His phenomenal shooting started at an early age, going back to a national "spot shot" title he won as a teen by hitting 23 out of 25 shots. I wish more people had seen him on the rare nights when he was healthy, and I wish he'd gained the title he deserved. But the competition was uniformly much tougher in those days.

What a time that was in the old Midwest Division! Jabbar in Milwaukee one night, Sam Lacey at KC on another, Clifford Ray in Chicago on the way home. Giants really walked the earth back then ...

 

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