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Bill Sharman humanitarian Award

Stu Lantz

30-year Broadcaster, Los Angeles Lakers
8-year NBA Player


Stu Lantz is a consummate professional on and off the basketball court, a man whose 38-year career in the public spotlight requires the type of personal character that is uncommon in modern times.

For over nearly four decades, Stu has made an impact on millions of people in person or over the TV screen. In person, he has been instrumental to fulfilling the mission of the Lakers Youth Foundation, whose mission is to help underserved youth develop their potential by providing positive experiences and resources in education, health and wellness, and sports. On TV, he inspires children and adults alike, by articulating the immense skill needed to succeed in the NBA.

Lantz spent 15 years broadcasting alongside the legendary Chick Hearn, and audiences gleaned from the insight that was formed in that partnership. Lantz selflessly donates his time, energy, and money to various organizations as the Emcee of events designed to make our world a better place.

Stu possesses an unwavering commitment to his craft. He has been present for five of the six LA Lakers championships spanning all the way to the 1980’s, winning several awards during his tenure. He was chosen as Southern California’s best radio color commentator six times by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association, best television color commentator on seven occasions, and winner of seven local EMMY Awards for his work in the Best Live Sports Telecast category.

A dedicated family man, Stu and his wife Linda live in San Diego and are the parents of three children.