Bob Lanier, a big muscular man who is muscular next to people like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He is one of the Top NBA players in the 1970s, died Tuesday. He is 73 years old.

NBA said in a statement that the legendary center died after a short illness

Hall of Famer and All-Star eight times have worked for the league as a global ambassador.

Lanier played 14 seasons with Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and an average of 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

. He is third in the Pistons career list in both points and rebounds

Detroit drafted Lanier with the No. 1 overall pick in 1970 after he led St. Bonaventure to the Final Four.

"For more than 30 years, Bob served as our global ambassador and as a special assistant to David Stern

Lanier went to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, but his shoes were tough in front of him

"The 22 that he knows is its size is Korean size," said Gary Stoken's Rep.