Eight-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Bob Lanier has died at the age of 73, the NBA has confirmed. In a statement, the NBA said Lanier, who played in the NBA for 14 years, died after a short illness surrounded by his family. "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," Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. The NBA legend retired in 1984 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. Lanier served as a global ambassador for the league for more than 30 years following his retirement. Lanier was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1970 with the first overall pick and was named in the NBA All-Rookie Team. Lanier joined the Milwaukee Bucks in 1980 and led them to five consecutive division titles in the regular season.