Lanier was a solid player in Milwaukee as well, in his 5 years with the Bucks he helped them win 5 Division Championships but wasn't able to reach The NBA Finals. He did come close with his team reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in his last two years in the league but could never get over that hump. When he retired in 1984 he had scored 19,248 points and also grabbed 9,698 rebounds. It was a remarkable 14 year career that led Lanier to not only having his number retired by the Pistons and the Bucks he also found himself as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. If you visit Basketball's Hall of Fame in Massachusetts you can compare your foot to the massive skis that Lanier wore, his size 22's were inducted before the player was.
Lanier is one of the players that had a great career but never won the title and it pained him greatly. The year he retired he said in an interview with the Milwaukee Sentinel "I accomplished most of the individual goals I could ever dream of in the game". He went onto say "But the ultimate reward is to be crowned champions. And if you don't know what that feel is, I think it leaves a void." I'm sure that void is something that stays with a player throughout their lifetime, even though it is there, it does not take away from their accomplishments for me. Lanier was a great player that the Pistons, Bucks and the entire basketball community made sure to immortalize his name.