Thursday, February 26, 2009

Norman Van Lier dies

Shocking news: Former Chicago Bull and broadcast personality Norm Van Lier died in his Chicago home today at the age of 61. He was found unresponsive at 1 p.m. in his South Loop home. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Van Lier has been a long time in-studio analyst for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet as well as now-defunct Fox Sports Net Chicago and SportsChannel Chicago. In addition, Van Lier also hosted sports talk radio shows for WMVP-AM.

Van Lier became a Chicago Bull in 1971, two years after he broke into the league with the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings.) He was one of the more popular Bull players in the 1970's, helping his team to five straight playoff appearences, including the 1975 Western Conference Finals series with the Golden State Warriors. Van Lier departed the Bulls in 1978 and retired a year later. He was nicknamed "Stormin' Norman" and was a three-time NBA All-Star.

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