Robert Jerry “Bob” Lanier (September was one of the most dominant big men of his era possessing the ability to pound the boards, pull down rebounds and shoot from the outside. Lanier was an NCAA All-American First Team selection.
When Bob Lanier hung up his basketball shoes in 1984 after 14 years in the NBA, the eight-time All-Star joked that he did so only because the Milwaukee Bucks had finally found in Alton Lister another player who literally could fill his sneakers. It was no small feat: like Lanier, Lister took to the court in size 22s. One of the game's greatest big men, Lanier was actually preceded into the Hall of Fame by a bronzed pair of his shoes, the biggest the NBA had ever seen.