Bob Lanier Rumors
Moncrief told WPB that Nelson and Lanier would be his presenters into the Hall. Nelson coached the Bucks from 1976-1987 and was responsible for the Bucks selecting Moncrief with the fifth overall pick in the 1979 draft. “Nellie was an innovated coach and, as a player, you appreciated that, at least I did,’’ Moncrief said of Nelson, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach with 1,335 victories who was inducted into the Hall in 2012. “As a coach, he’d find ways for you to have an advantage over your opponent. “I appreciated the way he played me and helped me to become a better player by the way he ran his offense with different matchups. He did that very well, not only for me but other players as well.’’
Wilkins: And your balance is there. I started jumping off two feet by accident. And it was against Milwaukee. I went baseline. First I faked it and I came back down and I jumped, and Bob Lanier was coming. I brought it back and came back, I didn’t realize what I did until I saw the film. Bob Lanier didn’t speak to me for nine years. What? Carter: Same thing with Zo. Wilkins: He said, ‘I didn’t want to speak to you. I just started liking you again.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘When I had to go home and my daughter said, ‘How you let that little skinny kid dunk you?’ I said, ‘I hated your ass.’ Carter: Zo didn’t talk to me for five years. From that dunk.
At the end of the game, Whiteside had accumulated 29 points, 20 rebounds, two assists and nine blocks in 32 minutes, falling just a block short of recording his fifth-career triple-double. He’s the sixth different player to record at least 29 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocks in a game since blocks started being tracked in the 1973-74 season, joining Hakeem Olajuwon, Bob Lanier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo and Elmore Smith. “The ball will find energy and he was a bundle of energy on both ends,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Whiteside. “That’s the karma of the game. We ran probably less than a handful of direct plays to him, and he was making guys see him with his force. That’s what it’s all about.”
NBA.com: Any team or individuals to whom you pay particular attention? Bob Lanier: I like watching ‘Bron [LeBron James], obviously. I like this Golden State team, too, because they play so well together. I like the kid [Anthony] Davis. With Boogie, my concern is whether he’ll be healthy this season.
NBA.com: What’s your take on the “super team” approach of the past few years? Bob Lanier: I think both of ‘em have their sides. Back in the day, we would never do that. There wasn’t a lot of huggin’ and kissin’, all that stuff, when you were competing. You were out there to kick each other’s butt. But with AAU ball, it’s become guys playing together on these premier teams at all these tournaments around the country. So they get to know each before they ever go to college.
NBA.com: How did you like playing for Bucks coach Don Nelson? Bob Lanier: Loved him. It was just like playing for your big brother. He was a player’s coach, for sure. He’d been through it, won championships. Knew what it was like to be a role player, knew what it took to be a prime-time player. Didn’t get upset over pressure. He was just a stand-up guy.