Bob McAdoo enters his 25th season with the HEAT organization and his sixth in the role of Scout/Team Ambassador. He brings 38 years of combined NBA experience, as an assistant coach, player and scout, into the field of player personnel and scouting where he serves as one of the lead scouts for HEAT Vice President, Player Personnel/Assistant General Manager Adam Simon. In his current role, McAdoo’s duties include scouting on the NBA, college and international levels.
A former NBA MVP, McAdoo joined the HEAT as an assistant coach under Pat Riley beginning with the 1995-96 season and remained a fixture on the HEAT bench for 19 seasons under Riley, Stan Van Gundy and Erik Spoelstra. During his 19 years as an assistant coach he worked primarily with the HEAT big men and was instrumental in developing their overall skills. He also worked on a constant basis with all players to improve their shooting skills, while imparting the wisdom and knowledge derived from a 14-year NBA playing career. McAdoo was in charge of charting the team’s offensive efficiency and focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of opponent’s big men. He also served as the head coach of the HEAT’s Summer League team in 2004.
Generally considered the greatest shooting big man in NBA history, McAdoo enjoyed a storied 14-year playing career in the NBA, which included three consecutive scoring titles from 1973-74 through 1975-76 – making him one of only seven NBA players to accomplish the feat. He appeared in five consecutive All-Star games as well as being named the NBA MVP in 1975. McAdoo received the game’s greatest honor when he was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Over his career, “Doo” averaged 22.1 points and 9.4 rebounds while connecting on 50.3 percent of his field goal attempts. McAdoo, the second overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft, began his NBA career in 1972 as a member of the Buffalo Braves coached by Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay. He went on to capture the 1972-73 Rookie of the Year award after averaging 18.0 points and 9.1 rebounds. In each of the next three seasons he averaged at least 30 points and 12 rebounds. His career also included tours with New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers were he played for Pat Riley and won NBA championships in 1982 and 1985. After finishing in 1986 with the 76ers, McAdoo played professionally in Italy (1986-92) where his teams went on to win the Italian Championship three times and the European Championship twice. Individually, he captured MVP honors in both the Italian League and European Championships. In May of 2008 he was named as one of the 50 most influential personalities in European Club Basketball over the last half century, one of just 35 players to receive that honor.
McAdoo’s success began early in his career, as he was an All-American at every level of play, starting in high school, and then at Vincennes JC, where he was a member of the JUCO national championship team in 1970. He also received All-America honors while playing at the University of North Carolina, where he helped guide the Tar Heels to a Final Four appearance. McAdoo also played for the United States in the 1971 Pan American Games.
McAdoo and his wife, Patrizia, reside in Boca Raton with their son Ryan and their daughter, Rasheeda, who 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.