Meet Bob Lanier’s wife Rose and daughter Khalia as NBA legend dies at 73

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NBA Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Bucks player Bob Lanier has passed away at the age of 73.

Tributes have poured out to the NBA star amid the heartbreaking news of his passing. He is survived by his wife Rose Lanier and their daughter Khalia.

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Bob Lanier dies aged 73

Bob Lanier passed away at 73 following a short illness, the NBA confirmed in a statement. He died surrounded by his family and was previously treated for bladder cancer, as per The Athletic.

“Bob Lanier was a Hall of Fame player and among the most talented centers in the history of the NBA, but his impact on the league went far beyond what he accomplished on the court,” Commissioner Adam Silver said. 

“For more than 30 years, Bob served as our global ambassador and as a special assistant to David Stern and then me, traveling the world to teach the game’s values and make a positive impact on young people everywhere.”

Lanier played center for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and was an eight-time All-Star during his 14 years as a basketball star.

Meet NBA legend’s family

The NBA legend was married and his wife’s name is Rose Lanier. The pair attended 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at the American Airlines Center and regularly made public appearances together.

Their daughter Khalia Lanier is a sports star on her own as she is a volleyball player and serves as outside hitter. She played for USC Trojans from 2016 to 2017 and between 2019 and 2020. She also played for Pinkin de Corozal (2020-2021).

She currently plays for the Italian women’s volleyball club Volley Bergamo and dreams of playing for team USA at the Olympics one day.

It seems that the NBA star’s wife Rose is involved with their daughter’s career as Khalia shared a sweet snap with her from the volleyball field, followed by the caption: “Here’s to all the momagers.”

Khalia and Rose are pictured in the Twitter post below.

Tributes paid to NBA star

Many people have paid emotional tributes to Bob Lanier after learning the sad news of his passing.

“Very sad news overnight. We lost Bob Lanier, one of Detroit’s sporting icons. The Pistons turned a corner when he arrived here. I loved this visit when it was announced that the Pistons were moving back downtown to share LCA. Rest easy, Dobber,” anchor and host John Keating wrote.

Sports anchor Ryan Field paid his respects to the NBA star in another touching Twitter tribute.

Jim Paschke paid his respects and shared the following tribute:

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