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Bob McAdoo
Mcadoo 1973.jpg
McAdoo in 1973.
Personal information
Born (1951-09-25) September 25, 1951 (age 67)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolBen L. Smith
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
NBA draft1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career1972–1993
PositionForward / Center
Number11, 21
Coaching career1995–present
Career history
As player:
19721976Buffalo Braves
19761979New York Knicks
1979Boston Celtics
19791981Detroit Pistons
1981New Jersey Nets
19811985Los Angeles Lakers
1986Philadelphia 76ers
1986–1990Olimpia Milano
1990–1992Filanto Forlì
1993Teamsystem Fabriano
As coach:
19952014Miami Heat (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points18,787 (22.1 ppg)
Rebounds8,048 (9.4 rpg)
Blocks1,147 (1.5 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a five-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1975. He won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s. In 2000, McAdoo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

McAdoo played at the center and power forward positions. In his 21-year playing career, he spent 14 years in the NBA and his final seven in the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. McAdoo is one of the few players who have won both NBA and the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) titles as a player.[1] He later won three more NBA titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

Early life[edit]

McAdoo was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. His mother Vandalia, taught at his grade school and his father Robert was a custodian at North Carolina A&T University. McAdoo attended Ben L. Smith High School, where he not only participated in basketball and track, he was also in the marching band as a saxophone player.[2]

As a senior, he led Smith to the state basketball semifinals as well as to the state track tournament, where he set a new state high jump record of 6' 7", beating out future North Carolina teammate Bobby Jones.[2][3]

College career[edit]

Out of high school, McAdoo initially lacked the academic test scores required by the Division I schools, so he chose to enroll at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana from 1969 through 1971. His Vincennes team won the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1970, with McAdoo scoring 27 points in the championship game. His roommate was teammate Foots Walker.[3] McAdoo was named a Junior College All-American as a sophomore in 1971.[4]

At Vincennes, McAdoo averaged 19.3 points and 10 rebounds in 1969-1970 and 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 1970-1971.[5][6]

McAdoo played for Team USA in the 1971 Pan American Games in the summer of 1971, averaging 11.0 points.[7]

"We didn't really recruit him," Coach Dean Smith of North Carolina said. "His mother called us to start it. She said all the other schools were recruiting him. Why weren't we?"[8]

McAdoo enrolled at the University of North Carolina in 1971, the only junior college player Dean Smith recruited in his career.[8] McAdoo, playing alongside Bobby Jones, led the 1971–72 Tar Heels, coached by Dean Smith, to a 26-5 record and the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament. McAdoo averaged 19.5 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was named first-team All-American. He also earned MVP honors at the ACC Tournament.[9]

Citing family hardship, McAdoo sought and won early eligibility for the 1972 NBA draft under the "hardship" clause that existed until 1977. McAdoo consulted with Coach Dean Smith who encouraged him to go to the NBA.[6][10]

McAdoo said, "When I left, a lot of people were very angry and upset. But Dean gave me his blessing. He told me, ‘If they’re going to offer you this kind of money, I think you should leave to help you and your family.’ I had his blessing. My mother was totally against it,” McAdoo added, “but my father and Dean Smith were the guys who got me to move.”[11]

Professional career[edit]

McAdoo (11) playing for the Buffalo Braves.

Buffalo Braves[edit]

McAdoo sought and won early eligibility in the 1972 NBA draft.

However, it was rumored that McAdoo had signed with the Virginia Squires of the rival American Basketball Association after a "secret" ABA draft in which names of those drafted were not make public. Even though no contract was produced and McAdoo denied, reportedly, NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy advised NBA teams not to draft McAdoo.[12] Other reports were that a contract was signed and voided, because McAdoo was too young to have signed it and that Buffalo somehow knew this.[13] Later, McAdoo was indeed noted as the No. 1 pick of the 1972 American Basketball Association Draft.[3][14][15]

Buffalo acted, and McAdoo was selected anyhow with the No. 2 overall pick by the Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers), after rumors that contract talks between the Portland Trailblazers and McAdoo didn't come to fruition with the first pick.[16] LaRue Martin was selected by the Portland.[2] McAdoo signed with the Braves and quickly became one of the NBA's premier players. He won the 1973 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He earned the first of three consecutive NBA scoring titles in only his second season.

McAdoo was frustrated with Buffalo's losing in his rookie season, saying, "Here I was sitting at Buffalo, we were on the way to losing 61 games and we didn't have any players. My wife could have outrun those people."[3]

His second season (1973–74) remains the last time an NBA player has averaged both 30.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. McAdoo also led the NBA in field goal percentage in 1973–74, shooting 54.7 percent. That year he enjoyed his first of five All-Star selections.

In 1974–75, he was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 34.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.12 blocks per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. He also led the league in fan voting for the 1975 All-Star Game with 98,325 votes.[17][18] When Anthony Davis had a 59-point/20-rebound game 19 days before his 23rd birthday, McAdoo was the only person to have had a 50-point/20-rebound game at a younger age.[19]

McAdoo's style was very modern for his time. Although a 'big man' at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he had no problems taking shots from the perimeter, which, in his prime, made him a nearly unstoppable force on offense.

Injury-plagued years[edit]

After this stellar beginning, McAdoo played several injury-plagued seasons for the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets. Although these seasons were solid statistically, many analysts and fans felt that McAdoo's career was stagnating, mostly because the teams he played for were not title contenders. He was also derided as selfish by fans, reporters, and even some of the people who played and coached with him during this period; it reached the point where the league reaction to his 1982 trade from the Nets to the Lakers was met with indifference, as it was assumed he would either not play any key roles for L.A. or would quickly wear out his welcome and be traded or released.

However, McAdoo enjoyed a much more memorable end to his NBA career, winning two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982 and 1985 as a key reserve on those Showtime-era teams with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The former MVP was silently frustrated with not starting behind players such as Jim Brewer, Mark Landsberger, and Kurt Rambis, but tolerated it to be part of a championship team.[20] He finished his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1985–86 season.

For his career, McAdoo scored 18,787 career points. He averaged 22.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 852 games. He played for the Buffalo Braves (1972-1977), New York Knicks (1976-1979), Boston Celtics (1978-1979), Detroit Pistons (1979-1981), New Jersey Nets (1980-1981), Los Angeles Lakers (1981-1985) and Philadelphia 76ers (1985-1986).[21]

Italian League[edit]

McAdoo then played in Italy, in the Olimpia Milano team, as one of the best American players ever seen in Europe and the FIBA European Champions Cup (now known as the EuroLeague).

McAdoo led Tracer Milano to the Italian Serie A and FIBA European Champions Cup titles (twice each), with averages of 26.1 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. Later he played for the Italian clubs Filanto Forlì (1990–1992) and Teamsystem Fabriano (1992–1993), before retiring in 1993 at age 42.

McAdoo averaged 27.3 points in the Italian league, playing in 199 games.[22]

Coaching/scouting career[edit]

McAdoo has worked 24 years for the Miami Heat, 19 as an assistant coach and five as a community liason and scout.[23] McAdoo came to Miami after Pat Riley, who had been his coach for 2 championship seasons with the Lakers in the 1980s, left the Knicks to become the Heat's head coach and GM, and he quickly reached out to McAdoo to join his coaching staff. As a Heat assistant coach, McAdoo won three NBA championship rings.[24]


McAdoo in November 2009.

McAdoo"s wife, Charlina, died of cancer in 1991.[11]

McAdoo and his wife, Patrizia, whom he met while playing professionally in Italy,[25] live in Boca Raton, Florida. Their daughter Rasheeda recently graduated from Georgia Tech where she attended on a tennis scholarship. McAdoo’s sons Robert III and Russell and his daughter Rita live in New Jersey, while their other son, Ross, lives in Alaska.[24][23]

In 2010, McAdoo took part in the Basketball Without Borders program in Singapore, which uses sport to create a positive social change in areas of education, health and wellness. He also participated in the program in Beijing in 2009 and the NBA Legends Tour to South Africa in 1993, a goodwill mission to promote the NBA. McAdoo was also the basketball technical advisor for the 1993 feature film, "The Air Up There", starring Kevin Bacon.[24]

In 2012, McAdoo was treated for a blood clot in his leg.[26]

McAdoo's second cousin, Ronnie McAdoo, is the father of James Michael McAdoo, who also played for the Tar Heels and became an NBA player.[27]


  • In 2013, McAdoo was inducted into the Olimpia Milano Hall of Fame.[22]
  • In 2016, the gymnasium at Ben L. Smith High School (Guilford County School District) was named after McAdoo.[29]
  • In 2019, McAdoo was honored, along with seven others, buy the University of North Carolina on a banner displaying UNC alumni who had been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.[30]
  • McAdoo still holds the Braves/Clippers record for most minutes played per game (40.1), field goals made per game (11.1), and field goal attempts per game (22.1).
  • McAdoo is a member of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.[31]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which McAdoo won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

1972–73 Buffalo 80 32.0 .452 .774 9.1 1.7 18.0
1973–74 Buffalo 74 43.0 .547* .793 15.1 2.3 1.2 3.3 30.6*
1974–75 Buffalo 82 43.2* .512 .805 14.1 2.2 1.1 2.1 34.5*
1975–76 Buffalo 78 42.7* .487 .762 12.4 4.0 1.2 2.1 31.1*
1976–77 Buffalo 20 38.4 .455 .696 13.2 3.3 0.8 1.7 23.7
1976–77 New York 52 39.1 .534 .757 12.7 2.7 1.2 1.3 26.7
1977–78 New York 79 40.3 .520 .727 12.8 3.8 1.3 1.6 26.5
1978–79 New York 40 39.9 .541 .651 9.5 3.2 1.6 1.2 26.9
1978–79 Boston 20 31.9 .500 .670 7.1 2.0 0.6 1.0 20.6
1979–80 Detroit 58 36.2 .480 .125 .730 8.1 3.4 1.3 1.1 21.1
1980–81 Detroit 6 28.0 .366 .600 6.8 3.3 1.3 1.2 12.0
1980–81 New Jersey 10 15.3 .507 .000 .810 2.6 1.0 0.9 0.6 9.3
1981–82 L.A. Lakers 41 0 18.2 .458 .000 .714 3.9 0.8 0.5 0.9 9.6
1982–83 L.A. Lakers 47 1 21.7 .520 .000 .730 5.3 0.8 0.9 0.9 15.0
1983–84 L.A. Lakers 70 0 20.8 .471 .000 .803 4.1 1.1 0.6 0.7 13.1
1984–85 L.A. Lakers 66 0 19.0 .520 .000 .753 4.5 1.0 0.3 0.8 10.5
1985–86 Philadelphia 29 0 21.0 .462 .765 3.6 1.2 0.3 0.6 10.1
Career 852 1 33.2 .503 .081 .754 9.4 2.3 1.0 1.5 22.1
All-Star 5 3 25.2 .578 .737 6.0 1.2 0.8 0.4 17.6


1974 Buffalo 6 45.2 .478 .809 13.7 1.5 1.0 2.2 31.7
1975 Buffalo 7 46.7* .481 .740 13.4 1.4 0.9 2.7 37.4*
1976 Buffalo 9 45.1* .451 .707 14.2 3.2 0.8 2.0 28.0
1978 New York 6 39.7 .484 .600 9.7 3.8 1.2 2.0 23.8
1982 L.A. Lakers 14 27.7 .564 .681 6.8 1.6 0.7 1.5 16.7
1983 L.A. Lakers 8 20.8 .440 .333 .786 5.8 0.6 1.4 1.3 10.9
1984 L.A. Lakers 20 22.4 .516 .000 .704 5.4 0.6 0.6 1.4 14.0
1985 L.A. Lakers 19 0 20.9 .472 .000 .745 4.5 0.8 0.5 1.4 11.4
1986 Philadelphia 5 0 14.6 .556 .875 2.8 0.4 0.8 1.0 10.8
Career 94 0 28.9 .491 .250 .724 7.6 1.4 0.8 1.6 18.3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir (February 11, 2012). "Bob McAdoo, the NBA and European champ". euroleague.net. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "NBA.com: Bob McAdoo Bio". nba.com.
  3. ^ a b c d Kirkpatrick, Curry. "SHOOT IF YOU MUST...I MUST, SAYS McADOO". Vault.
  4. ^ "Basketball record book 2011-12" (PDF). NJCAA. 2012. p. 61. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Consulting, Fine Line Websites & IT; Review, The Draft. "Bob McAdoo". The Draft Review.
  6. ^ a b "Legends profile: Bob McAdoo". NBA.com.
  7. ^ "SIXTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1971". www.usab.com.
  8. ^ a b Times, Special to The New York (March 30, 1991). "College Basketball; Smith Stands By Junior-College Transfer Ban" – via NYTimes.com.
  9. ^ "1971-72 UNC Tar Heels Roster and Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  10. ^ "Bob McAdoo College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  11. ^ a b [email protected], Jeff Mills/News & Record. "Bob McAdoo's trip to Dean Smith's funeral about loyalty, respect". Greensboro News and Record.
  12. ^ Bailey, Budd (February 26, 2009). "Buffalo Braves History: 1972-73 Season".
  13. ^ Clubhouse Lawyer: Law in the World of Sports By Frederick J. Day p.50-51
  14. ^ "Squires Said to Make McAdoo Top 'Secret' A.B.A. Draft Pick". March 3, 1972 – via NYTimes.com.
  15. ^ Northrop, Milt (November 6, 2016). "McAdoo and Jo Jo meet again".
  16. ^ https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1985-06-19-8501240485-story.html
  17. ^ Jones, Attles to coach all-stars. January 6, 1975
  18. ^ Frazier, Monroe on East 'Stars'. January 5, 1975.
  19. ^ Verrier, Justin (February 21, 2016). "Anthony Davis shows full breadth of skills in historic performance". ESPN. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  20. ^ Stein, Marc (November 1, 2018). "If Carmelo Anthony Wants to Win an N.B.A. Championship, He Has a Model in McAdoo". The New York Times. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Bob McAdoo Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  22. ^ a b "Hall of Fame 29: Bob McAdoo".
  23. ^ a b "Directory: Bob McAdoo". Miami Heat.
  24. ^ a b c "NBA.com Bob McAdoo". nba.com.
  25. ^ South Florida Sun-Sentinel (June 4, 2012). "Rasheeda McAdoo: All County girls tennis POY". Sun-Sentinel.com.
  26. ^ "Heat's McAdoo being treated for leg blood clot". ESPN.com. March 11, 2012.
  27. ^ "James Michael McAdoo Bio". GoHeels.com. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  28. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – Hall of Famers". hoophall.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012.
  29. ^ "Smith High Gym Named for NBA Star Robert "Bob" McAdoo". www.gcsnc.com.
  30. ^ "NBA Hall Of Famer Bob McAdoo To Be Honored At North Carolina". Miami Heat.
  31. ^ "Bob McAdoo - Greensboro Sports Commission". www.greensborosports.org.

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