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Norm Van Lier

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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I'm above dirt.

Birthplace

Born:
4/1/1947
Birth Location:
East Liverpool, Ohio

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I'm above dirt.

Birthplace

Born:
4/1/1947
Birth Location:
East Liverpool
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Biography

Chicago Bulls basketball great Norm Van Lier was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on April 1, 1947. Van Lier played both basketball and football while attending Midland Lincoln High School. While there, he led the 1965 basketball team to an undefeated state championship. Van Lier went on to St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he continued to excel on the basketball court. He graduated with degrees in history and special education, and was the school’s all-time assist leader.

In 1969, the Chicago Bulls selected Van Lier in the third round of the NBA draft, but he was traded to the Cincinnati Royals before the season began. With the Royals, Van Lier led the NBA in assists his rookie year, making the NBA All-Defensive Team his second year. Returning to the Chicago Bulls in 1971, Van Lier became part of the Bulls’ powerhouse team of the 1970s, which included players like Bob Love and Jerry Sloan. He appeared in three NBA All-Star games, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team three times and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times. Van Lier’s full court shot on January 19, 1977, against the San Antonio Spurs is ranked as one of the greatest moments in Chicago Bulls history.

Van Lier retired from basketball in 1979. He worked as a television basketball analyst for different stations (Fox Sports Net and Comcast Sports Net) since his retirement, as well as co-hosting a popular radio talk show, The Bull and the Bear, on WSCR-AM in Chicago. Committed to education and young people, Van Lier worked as a motivational speaker. He was also a member of Project Teamwork, a group formed by Reebok Foundation designed to improve racial and human rights sensitivity in school-age children.

Van Lier passed away on February 26, 2009 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife, Susan, his two daughters, Hilary and Heidi, and one granddaughter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Norm Van Lier lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Norm Van Lier recalls his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Norm Van Lier remembers his mother and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Norm Van Lier discusses his response to discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Norm Van Lier describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Norm Van Lier recounts growing up in Midland, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Norm Van Lier recalls his elementary and high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Norm Van Lier recalls the popularity of high school sports in Midland, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Norm Van Lier remembers the people who influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Norm Van Lier describes his early involvement in football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Norm Van Lier recounts his early interest in baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Norm Van Lier recalls his early interests and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Norm Van Lier remembers his high school sports successes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Norm Van Lier describes his high school social life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Norm Van Lier discusses his racial awareness in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Norm Van Lier explains his decision to attend St. Francis College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Norm Van Lier describes Saint Francis College in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Norm Van Lier recalls the reaction to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Norm Van Lier remembers the death of his friend
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Norm Van Lier recounts his experiences playing college basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Norm Van Lier describes life at Saint Francis College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Norm Van Lier recalls his college basketball success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Norm Van Lier recounts getting drafted by the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Norm Van Lier remembers his rookie year with Cincinnati
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Norm Van Lier explains why he was traded to the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Norm Van Lier assesses his talent as a pro basketball player
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Norm Van Lier recalls playing for the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Norm Van Lier comments on the importance of good coaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Norm Van Lier describes his teammates on the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Norm Van Lier shares his successes with the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Norm Van Lier describes a disappointing game versus the Golden State Warriors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Norm Van Lier discusses drug use in pro sports
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Norm Van Lier comments on the problems with recruiting teenagers to play professional sports
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Norm Van Lier expresses his opinion of giving back to the community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Norm Van Lier discusses the need for family support
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Norm Van Lier discusses what role sports should play in a community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Norm Van Lier recalls his difficulties after leaving the NBA
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Norm Van Lier discusses his job with Fox Sports Net
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Norm Van Lier shares his thoughts on the championship-winning Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Norm Van Lier expresses his concerns for minorities and youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Norm Van Lier reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Norm Van Lier discusses his future plans