Although McAdoo played in Europe at the end of his career, he is viewed by many as the best American ever to play there. In four seasons with Milano, McAdoo won two Italian league titles, the Italian Cup and back-to-back Euroleague crowns in 1987 and 1988. In the 1988 Euroleague Final, he scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds, as the Italians beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 90-84. It is no wonder he is still regarded as a legend in the city.
McAdoo's success should not have been a surprise given his achievements in the NBA, which included Rookie of the Year with the Buffalo Braves (1973), three consecutive scoring titles, five All-Star selections and two NBA championships with the L.A. Lakers in 1982 and 1985. He was also the league MVP in 1975 after he averaged 34.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.12 blocks a game.
After his glorious run with Milan, McAdoo spent three more seasons in the Italian league before retiring in 1993 at the age of 41.
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