Bachelor of Business Administration, St. Bonaventure University, New York. Doctorate (honorary), St. Bonaventure University, New York. Doctorate (honorary), Sienna University, New York.
Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He then played collegiately at Saint Bonaventure University, in Allegany, New New York Lanier was a three-time Converse All-America selection (1968–1970), and in 1970, he led Saint Bonaventure to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four.
He was injured late in the regional championship game in a collision with Villanova"s Chris Ford and did not participate in Bona"s national semi-final loss to Artis Gilmore-led Jacksonville University.
Lanier was drafted number one overall by the National Basketball Association"s Detroit Pistons and was named to the All-Rookie Team following the 1970-1971 season. He starred for Detroit until being traded to the Milwaukee Buckinghamshire in 1980.
The same year he retired, in 1984, he was awarded the Oscar Robertson Leadership Award. In his 14 National Basketball Association seasons, Lanier averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting a respectable 51.4 percent from the field
He played in eight National Basketball Association All-Star Games, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1974 game.
Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Buckinghamshire. According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lanier would smoke cigarettes during halftime breaks. Abdul-Jabbar would try to take advantage of this by forcing Lanier to run more during the second half.
At the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, visitors are able to compare the size of their foot to that of Lanier"son
The largest shoe ever created by shoe company Allen Edmonds was a size 22 for Lanier. The basketball court at Lanier"s alma mater, Saint Bonaventure, is named after him.
Lanier currently owns and operates Bob Lanier Enterprises, Incorporated., a promotional marketing company and is a member of the Proforma (Business) network.