Commentary

Best of the Euroleague and NBA: Bob McAdoo

Originally Published: May 2, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

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Bradley
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McAdoo
McAdoo
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Sabonis
Sabonis
Petrovic
Petrovic
Divac
Divac
Kukoc
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Radja
Radja
Ginobili
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Parker
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Scola
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Bob McAdoo
Olimpia Milano
Bob McAdoo
Buffalo Braves

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.

More on McAdoo

Born: September 25, 1951
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina
Playing height/weight: 6-9, 210

Career: 1972-93
Teams: Vincennes University, University of North Carolina, Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Olimpia Milano (Italy), Filanto Forli (Italy), Teamsystem Fabriano (Italy)

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.

Photo credits: (l-r) Euroleague.net, Malcolm Emmons/US Presswire

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Ian Whittell covers basketball for The Times of London.