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Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo
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McAdoo in November 2009.
Miami Heat
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1951-09-25) September 25, 1951 (age 68)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Ben L. Smith
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
College Vincennes (1969–1971)
North Carolina (1971–1972)
NBA draft 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Pro career 1972–1993
Position Forward / Center
Number 11, 21
Coaching career 1995–present
Career history
As player:
19721976 Buffalo Braves
1976–1979 New York Knicks
1979 Boston Celtics
19791981 Detroit Pistons
1981 New Jersey Nets
19811985 Los Angeles Lakers
1986 Philadelphia 76ers
1986–1990 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
1990–1992 Filanto Forlì (Italy)
1993 Teamsystem Fabriano (Italy)
As coach:
19952014 Miami Heat (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 18,787 (22.1 ppg)
Rebounds 8,048 (9.4 rpg)
Blocks 1,147 (1.5 bpg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He most recently served as an assistant coach of the Miami Heat.

Standing at Script error: No such module "convert"., he played at the center and power forward positions. In his 21-year long playing career, he has spent 14 years playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and final 7 years with the Italian teams. McAdoo was an NBA Most Valuable Player and a five-time NBA All-Star. He won NBA championships in 1982 and 1985, and was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame in 2000. He is also one of very few players to have won both the NBA and the Euroleague as a player.[1]

McAdoo also won three more NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013, while being an assistant coach for the Miami Heat.

Early life

McAdoo was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. His mother taught at his grade school and his father was a custodian at North Carolina A&T University. He 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.[3]

College career

McAdoo attended Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana from 1969 through 1971. His team won a national championship in 1970, and McAdoo was named a Junior College All-American as a sophomore in 1971.[4]

He played his junior year at the University of North Carolina. He led the 1971–72 Tar Heels, coached by Dean Smith, to a 29-5 record and the Final Four. He averaged 19.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and was named first-team All-American. He also earned MVP honors at the ACC Tournament.

Professional career

McAdoo sought and won early eligibility in the 1972 NBA Draft.[5] He was selected in the first round (second overall) by the Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers). McAdoo quickly became one of the NBA's premier players. He won the 1973 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and earned the first of three consecutive NBA scoring titles in only his second season.

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.[6][7]

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.

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 the team's sixth man. His teammates on those Showtime Lakers included Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, and Jamaal Wilkes. He finished his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1985–86 season.

He 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). He led Milano to the Italian Serie A and FIBA European Champions Cup (twice) championships, 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's style was very modern for his time. Although a 'big man' at Script error: No such module "convert"., he had no problems taking shots from the perimeter, which, in his prime, made him a nearly unstoppable force on offense. McAdoo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2008 he was named to the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.[8]

He 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).

In popular culture

  • On the Nickelodeon sitcom, Sam & Cat, he is mentioned to be dating Nona in one episode.

Coaching career

The 2013-14 season is McAdoo's 18th as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat, working primarily with the Heat's big men, charting the team's offensive efficiency and focusing on strengths and weaknesses of opponents' big men. As a Heat coach, he has won three NBA championship rings.[9]

Personal life

McAdoo and his wife, Patrizia, whom he met while playing professionally in Italy,[10] live in Boca Raton, Florida with their children Rasheeda and Ryan. McAdoo's eldest son Robert III and daughter Rita live in New York and their other sons, Ross and Russell, live in Miami.[11]

In 2010 he 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.[12]

McAdoo's second cousin, Ronnie McAdoo, is the father of James Michael McAdoo, who was one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2011, played for the University of North Carolina men's basketball team,[13] and went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. On January 19, 2015 James agreed to a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. [14]

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