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Norm Van Lier (35pts/10asts) vs. Warriors (1975 Playoffs)
Norm Van Lier (35pts/10asts) vs. Warriors (1975 Playoffs)
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: LamarMatic
norm van lier tribute
norm van lier tribute
Published: 2009/02/28
Channel: cobrasx29
Norm Van Lier Game Films (Part I)
Norm Van Lier Game Films (Part I)
Published: 2009/11/07
Channel: DrCools
A Tribute to Norm Van Lier
A Tribute to Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: ChicagoSportsFan82
Norm Van Lier Roast - Norm
Norm Van Lier Roast - Norm's closing comments
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Norm Van Lier Halftime - "Norm
Norm Van Lier Halftime - "Norm's Keys"
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Bob Love on the death of former Chicago Bull Norm Van Lier
Bob Love on the death of former Chicago Bull Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/02/26
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Norm Van Lier Roast Intro
Norm Van Lier Roast Intro
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
The Seventies: Chicago Basketball in the 1970s
The Seventies: Chicago Basketball in the 1970s
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Norm Van Lier pre-game comments
Norm Van Lier pre-game comments
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Norm Van LIer Tribute
Norm Van LIer Tribute
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Remembering Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier
Remembering Johnny Kerr and Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Norm Van Lier Postgame
Norm Van Lier Postgame
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Norm Van Lier, Johnny "Red" Kerr Pregame 1996
Norm Van Lier, Johnny "Red" Kerr Pregame 1996
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Bulls highlights 2/26/78 vs Blazers
Bulls highlights 2/26/78 vs Blazers
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: PM's Far-Out Grooviness
Remembering Norm: Golfing with Norm Van Lier
Remembering Norm: Golfing with Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/02/26
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Norm Van Lier Game Films Part II
Norm Van Lier Game Films Part II
Published: 2009/11/07
Channel: DrCools
Norm Van Lier Interview (Chicago Bull Great)!
Norm Van Lier Interview (Chicago Bull Great)!
Published: 2009/02/26
Channel: Nick Mantis
A Tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr and "Stormin" Norm Van Lier
A Tribute to Johnny "Red" Kerr and "Stormin" Norm Van Lier
Published: 2009/03/03
Channel: Micah Thurn
Comcast SportsNet Employees Remember Norm Van Lier & Johnny "Red" Kerr
Comcast SportsNet Employees Remember Norm Van Lier & Johnny "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/02/28
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Jerry Sloan story about going into stands with Norm Van Lier with Chicago Bulls
Jerry Sloan story about going into stands with Norm Van Lier with Chicago Bulls
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: JazzBasketball1
Fan Laws On "Fox Kickoff Sunday"   "The Wave   9-10-2006
Fan Laws On "Fox Kickoff Sunday" "The Wave 9-10-2006
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: foxchicagosports
Norm Van Lier and the Sexy Luvabulls
Norm Van Lier and the Sexy Luvabulls
Published: 2008/07/24
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
NBA 2K15 - Ralph Sampson, Jerry Sloan & Norm Van Lier - Ultimate Legends Roster - Update 41
NBA 2K15 - Ralph Sampson, Jerry Sloan & Norm Van Lier - Ultimate Legends Roster - Update 41
Published: 2015/02/23
Channel: Brian "FranchisePlay" Mazique - Sports & Video Games
Boers & Bernstein - Johnny Kerr Ceremony and Norm Van Lier Interview (2-11-09)
Boers & Bernstein - Johnny Kerr Ceremony and Norm Van Lier Interview (2-11-09)
Published: 2011/08/25
Channel: TheOriginalKidCairo
NBA Break Room - Remembering Norm Van Lier and "Red" Kerr
NBA Break Room - Remembering Norm Van Lier and "Red" Kerr
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Mike North
Mike North's Top 20 #14 Norm Van Lier
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: north2north1
Norm Van Lier at the Bulls vs. Detroit/Johnny "Red" Kerr Night.
Norm Van Lier at the Bulls vs. Detroit/Johnny "Red" Kerr Night.
Published: 2009/03/04
Channel: bullsfanchannel
Norm Van Lier Summer Basketball Classic 2015
Norm Van Lier Summer Basketball Classic 2015
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: chris shovlin
Norm Van Lier Sportchannel Promo
Norm Van Lier Sportchannel Promo
Published: 2009/11/08
Channel: DrCools
Boers & Bernstein - The Passing of Norm Van Lier and Johnny Red Kerr (2-27-09)
Boers & Bernstein - The Passing of Norm Van Lier and Johnny Red Kerr (2-27-09)
Published: 2011/08/25
Channel: TheOriginalKidCairo
Norm Van Lier
Norm Van Lier
Published: 2013/07/25
Channel: ironCasts
Top 10 Longest NBA Shots of All Time
Top 10 Longest NBA Shots of All Time
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: NBA Reel
Johnny "Red" Kerr and Norm Van Lier Tribute at the United Center
Johnny "Red" Kerr and Norm Van Lier Tribute at the United Center
Published: 2009/03/03
Channel: bullsfanchannel
Tune in 11/9/11 for an interview with Heidi Van Lier on The Down and Dirty
Tune in 11/9/11 for an interview with Heidi Van Lier on The Down and Dirty
Published: 2011/11/07
Channel: Craftsman
Norm Van Lier
Norm Van Lier
Published: 2013/07/23
Channel: mightyTube5
Norm Van Lier Summer Basketball Classic 2015 Tip
Norm Van Lier Summer Basketball Classic 2015 Tip
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: chris shovlin
R.i.p. uncle Ookie Stormin Norm Vanlier
R.i.p. uncle Ookie Stormin Norm Vanlier
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: krayziebone1187
Norm Van Lier Seagram
Norm Van Lier Seagram's Game Breaker 1987
Published: 2009/11/07
Channel: DrCools
Como Pronunciar Norm Van Lier En Ingles Correctamente
Como Pronunciar Norm Van Lier En Ingles Correctamente
Published: 2016/03/12
Channel: Como Pronunciar
Down & Dirty Radio w/ Frank Fontana: Norm Van Lier doc
Down & Dirty Radio w/ Frank Fontana: Norm Van Lier doc
Published: 2011/11/10
Channel: Craftsman
OBM - Basketball Player - Norm Van Lier
OBM - Basketball Player - Norm Van Lier
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Our Best Moments
Joakim Noah In The Spotlight
Joakim Noah In The Spotlight
Published: 2008/01/03
Channel: guypithecus
1977 NBA All-Star Game Highlights [without the 1st quarter]
1977 NBA All-Star Game Highlights [without the 1st quarter]
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: BasketballJones48021
RetroBreakdown: Bulls vs. Warriors 1975 WCF Game 7
RetroBreakdown: Bulls vs. Warriors 1975 WCF Game 7
Published: 2011/11/07
Channel: BBALLBREAKDOWN
Down & Dirty Radio w/ Heidi Van Lier & Sean Meredith from "The Bullfighter" documentary
Down & Dirty Radio w/ Heidi Van Lier & Sean Meredith from "The Bullfighter" documentary
Published: 2011/11/09
Channel: Craftsman
Chicago United Hoops Classic: Susan Van Lier
Chicago United Hoops Classic: Susan Van Lier
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: Jen Knoedl
That
That's a Beautiful Thang
Published: 2006/04/28
Channel: cizz13
Fox Kickoff Sunday "Fan Laws"  Artificial Turf   10-29-2006
Fox Kickoff Sunday "Fan Laws" Artificial Turf 10-29-2006
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: foxchicagosports
PVDA - Laurens van Lier
PVDA - Laurens van Lier
Published: 2010/02/20
Channel: laurensvanlier
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Norm Van Lier
Norm Van Lier 1971.JPG
Van Lier in 1971
Personal information
Born (1947-04-01)April 1, 1947
East Liverpool, Ohio
Died February 26, 2009(2009-02-26) (aged 61)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school Midland (Midland, Pennsylvania)
College Saint Francis (PA) (1966–1969)
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 3 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1969–1979
Position Point guard
Number 23, 2, 4
Career history
19691971 Cincinnati Royals
19711978 Chicago Bulls
1978–1979 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 8,770 (11.8 ppg)
Rebounds 3,596 (4.8 rpg)
Assists 5,217 (7.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Norman Allen Van Lier III (April 1, 1947 – February 26, 2009) was an NBA basketball player and television broadcaster who spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Bulls.

Biography[edit]

Norman Van Lier was born in East Liverpool, Ohio to Helen and Norm Sr., who worked in a steel mill for 31 years. He was raised, along with three brothers and a sister, in Midland, Pennsylvania. Van Lier had three other brothers who died after birth; he named one of them Elgin Baylor Van Lier I. Van Lier would look back fondly to his childhood playing tackle football with a taped coffee can for a ball due to their circumstances. He would later credit this upbringing in forming his famed work ethic later in life.[1]

Van Lier was a member of the 1965 Midland High School Leopards, considered by many to be one of the greatest high school basketball teams of all time,[citation needed] finishing 28-0 and easily winning the Pennsylvania State Championship. One of Van Lier's teammates was future NBA player Simmie Hill.[2] During weekends, Van Lier would hitchhike to the playgrounds in Harlem, once even playing with Billy Cunningham.[1]

Van Lier was also a co-captain of his football team, where he played both quarterback and safety. He was recruited to play for several colleges, but none allowed him to play his desired position of quarterback. Van Lier had received offers to play professional baseball as well, after starring on his high school and county all-star teams.[citation needed]

On June 21, 2008, he was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame. "Western Pennsylvania is football country, but my years are considered the golden era of basketball not only in the state but maybe the country," Van Lier said that night. "Uniontown, Midland, Schenley and Ambridge could play with anybody, anytime and in any era in the country."[3]

College[edit]

Van Lier's modest 6'1" stature and his emphasis on defense kept him under the radar of stardom, and he was not recruited by major basketball powers. He attended Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania, where he eventually emerged as a standout point guard. He graduated from Saint Francis University in 1969.[4]

NBA[edit]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

The Chicago Bulls selected Van Lier in the third round of the 1969 NBA Draft, but immediately traded him to the Cincinnati Royals, with whom he led the NBA in assists in 1971. The Bulls then reacquired Van Lier during the 1971–72 season, and he remained with the Bulls until 1978, appearing in three All-Star games (1974, 1976, 1977) over the course of six seasons.

Nicknamed "Stormin' Norman" for his tenacity and aggression, Van Lier was one of the most popular Bulls players of the 1970s.[citation needed] During his ten-year career, Van Lier was named to three NBA All-Defense First Teams and five NBA All-Defense Second Teams. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1974. Van Lier was waived by the Bulls in October 1978.[5]

Van Lier held the record for the longest field goal in NBA history (84 feet) for 24 years until Baron Davis broke the record on November 17, 2001 (89 feet).[citation needed]

Time with Milwaukee and Retirement[edit]

After playing briefly with the Milwaukee Bucks, he retired in 1979 with career totals of 8,770 points and 5,217 assists.

Post-NBA career[edit]

Van Lier served as a color analyst on Bulls radio broadcasts from 1980–82. In 1989 he was the assistant coach of the Worcester Counts in the World Basketball League. From 1992 to 2009, he was a television pre-game and post-game analyst for Chicago Bulls games. He frequently appeared on other Chicago television programs to discuss the Bulls, and at one point co-hosted a sports talk radio show.[3]

Van Lier was the head basketball coach for the Worcester Vocational Technical High School team during part of the 1989–90 season. His team reached the Massachusetts Division II championship game.[6]

Van Lier also served as a special disc jockey on the Chicago rock music station 97.9 WLUP.[7] In 2002 and 2004, he had supporting roles in the movies Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business.[8]

On February 25, 2009, Van Lier was unexpectedly absent from his scheduled television appearance on Comcast SportsNet following a Bulls game. On February 26, 2009 he was found dead in his apartment on Chicago's Near West Side.[9] Fellow Bulls broadcaster and former Bulls head coach Johnny "Red" Kerr also died later that day.[10]

NBA stats[edit]

Season Team GP MPG RPG APG PPG
1969–70 Royals 81 35.7 5.0 6.2 9.5
1970–71 Royals 82 40.5 7.1 10.1 16.0
1971–72 Royals/Bulls 79 30.6 4.5 6.9 11.5
1972–73 Bulls 80 36.0 5.5 7.1 13.9
1973–74 Bulls 80 35.8 4.7 6.9 14.3
1974–75 Bulls 70 37.0 4.7 5.8 15.0
1975–76 Bulls 76 39.8 5.4 6.6 12.6
1976–77 Bulls 82 37.8 4.5 7.8 10.2
1977–78 Bulls 78 32.4 3.6 6.8 7.3
1978–79 Bucks 38 14.6 1.1 4.2 2.8
Career N/A 746 35.1 4.8 7.0 11.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ben Joravsky. "Back in the Game". Chicago Reader. July 21, 1994. Retrieved on March 4, 2009
  2. ^ White, Mike (August 27, 2006). "WPIAL 100 years: These are the athletes who have helped define it". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ a b Jim Frasier. "Midland's Norm Van Lier inducted into WPIAL Hall of Fame" at the Wayback Machine (archived October 10, 2008). New Pittsburgh Courier. July 3, 2008. Retrieved on February 27, 2009.
  4. ^ 2005 Saint Francis University Alumni Directory p. 319.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Van Lier Goes Back To Basics
  7. ^ Feder, Robert (June 10, 2005). "Familiar voice helps WXRT cut to the Chase". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 73. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1235533/
  9. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/news/story?id=3937425
  10. ^ "Sad day for Bulls: Van Lier, Kerr die". STLtoday. February 27, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Book, "Cincinnati's Basketball Royalty", by Gerry Schultz

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