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Magic Johnson reacts to the death of a legendary NBA player

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 16: Magic Johnson addresses the crowd before the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The NBA family lost a gaming giant on Tuesday with the passing of Hall of Famer Bob Lanier.

On Wednesday night, Magic Johnson took some time to reflect on his relationship with his late mentor and friend.

“I will miss my good friend Bob Lanier, who passed away Tuesday, very much,” Magic tweeted. “Bob became interested in my basketball career when I was at MSU and had a profound impact on me. He was always there as a sounding board and provided words of wisdom on and off the field. May he rest in peace!”

Lanier, an eight-time NBA All-Star, was a big, dominant southpaw who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons and boxed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The Pistons drafted Lanier No. 1 overall in 1970, after leading St. Bonaventure to the Final Four.

Beginning in his sophomore year, the 6-11 center averaged a 20-point double-double for seven consecutive seasons and finished his career averaging 20 and 10.

One of the most beloved players to ever step onto the court, Bob Lanier served as the NBA’s Global Ambassador following his playing career. And spent 30 years teaching the values ​​of basketball to children around the world.

The Pistons/Bucks center was perhaps best known for its size 22 Converse (well, depending on who you ask).

But nonetheless, Lanier was a terrific, terrific player who still holds the Pistons franchise record for PPG’s career.

Lanier lived a wonderful life as a basketball player. And although he is gone, his accomplishments and, more importantly, the way he made people feel, will not be forgotten.