When Bob Lanier hung up his basketball shoes in 1984 after 14 years in the NBA, the eight-time All-Star joked that he did so only because the Milwaukee Bucks had finally found in Alton Lister another player who literally could fill his sneakers. It was no small feat: like Lanier, Lister took to the court in size 22s. One of the game's greatest big men, Lanier was actually preceded into the Hall of Fame by a bronzed pair of his shoes, the biggest the NBA had ever seen. more...
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Full Name: Robert Jerry Lanier Jr. Born: 9/10/48 in Buffalo High School: Bennett (Buffalo) College: St. Bonaventure Drafted by: Detroit Pistons, 1970 (first overall) Transaction: Traded to Milwaukee Bucks, 2/4/80
Nickname: The Dobber Height: 6-11; Weight: 265 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1992); Six-time All-Star (1974, '75, '77, '78, '79, '82); All-Star MVP (1974); All-Rookie Team (1971); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1978).