Stu Lantz enters his 37th season as an analyst for Lakers broadcasts. With the end of the Lakers simulcast era prior to the 2003-04 season, Stu now teams with play-by-play man Bill Macdonald and broadcasts every Lakers game televised on Spectrum SportsNet. Providing each broadcast with his expert analysis and unique insight garnered through his 40-plus years associated with the NBA as both a player and analyst, he has received numerous awards over the years. Most recently, Lantz was named the recipient of the 75th Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award which is presented to an individual, company or organization, selected by the Los Angeles Area Governors Award committee, that has made an outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television, as well as a substantial contribution to the greater Los Angeles area. Lantz was also inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. Chosen Southern California’s best radio color commentator six times by the Southern California Sports Broadcaster’s Association and best television color commentator on seven occasions, Lantz has also won nine local EMMY Awards for his work in the Best Live Sports Telecast category.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska (1968), the Cornhuskers officially retired his uniform number (22) on October 17, 1989 during halftime ceremonies of a Lakers’ preseason game in Lincoln. Born in Uniontown, PA, Lantz was originally a third round draft pick of the San Diego Rockets in 1968. Spending his first three seasons in San Diego, he enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 1970-71, averaging career-high figures in both scoring (20.6) and rebounding (5.0). The following season, Lantz ranked sixth overall in the NBA in free throw percentage (.838). He also played for the Detroit Pistons (1972-1974) and New Orleans Jazz (1974) prior to being traded to the Lakers in December of 1974. He played less than two seasons in Los Angeles before announcing his retirement following the 1976-77 campaign due to a back injury.
Immediately following his playing career, Lantz embarked on a broadcasting career, serving as a commentator for the San Diego Clippers, San Diego State University, CBS and the NBA Radio Network. In addition to his broadcast work, for 20-plus years, he also served as an instructor at Pete Newell’s renowned Big Man’s Camp during the offseason, helping improve the skill-set of some of the game’s premier big men.
Lantz and his wife, Linda, live in San Diego and are the parents of Todd, Kristin and Shane.