August 31, 1985
Do the Lakers really need another power forward? And in Maurice Lucas, an aging, overpriced and injury ridden one at that. It seems to me that in letting Bob McAdoo go in favor of Lucas, they've exchanged a thoroughbred for a Clydesdale. Have the Lakers already forgotten Swen Nater's and Dwight Jones' pitiful attempts to keep up with their flying teammates. FRANK MALFITANO Los Angeles
May 3, 1989
Retiring Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will lead a basketball team of American all-stars on a tour of Australia and Asia in July. The veteran center will head a team that will play three games against the Australian national team July 24-28. The U.S. all-stars also will play a game in Taiwan on July 29 and negotiations are under way for an game in Hong Kong. Abdul-Jabbar's teammates will include Otis Birdsong, Cedric Maxwell, Kyle Macy, Artis Gilmore and Calvin Natt, plus Bob McAdoo, a former National Basketball Assn.
November 8, 1990 |
Bob McAdoo, an American mainstay in Italian basketball, still finds playing a passion despite being sent down to the minors from the first division. McAdoo, 39, a three-time NBA scoring champion and NBA rookie of the year in 1972-73, recently was sold to a third division team after four seasons at Philips Milan, where he scored more than 4,200 points. "I really haven't decided what I am going to do with my life," McAdoo said. "So I am still playing basketball."
June 8, 1985
Sure, Bob McAdoo has a hefty salary that must be paid, but where are the Lakers going to get a comparable replacement? The acquisition of McAdoo was a steal for the Lakers and could pay rich dividends for several more years. McAdoo came to the Lakers with the reputation of being a malingerer and a malcontent. All he has done with the Lakers is provide instant scoring and fine defense. Please, Bill Sharman and Jerry West, keep beloved Bob in L.A. KEN FELDMAN Sherman Oaks
January 15, 1986 |
Free agent Bob McAdoo said he signed a two-year contract worth $305,000 as a backup center/forward for the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday after passing a physical and strength test. The Lakers, who released McAdoo last year after winning the NBA title, have 15 days to match the offer before the contract goes into effect.
March 3, 2013 |
1979-80 FINALS Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 An old dog, a new trickster and birth of 'Showtime' "Showtime" began as 20-year-old rookie Magic Johnson inspired this talented team to first in the Pacific Division. After four close games in the Finals, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 33, turned in a 40-point performance in Game 5 despite spraining his ankle. With Abdul-Jabbar out, Johnson stepped up in Game 6 with 42 points and 15 rebounds. The Team: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, Jim Chones, Spencer Haywood, Michael Cooper, Mark Landsberger, Ron Boone, Kenny Carr, Don Ford, Brad Holland, Marty Byrnes, Ollie Mack, Butch Lee. The Coach: Jack McKinney/Paul Westhead Season record: 60-22 Playoff record: 12-4 :: 1981-82 FINALS Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 A nascent dynasty finds renewed life with Riley The Lakers came into the season smarting from a surprising loss to Houston in the first round of the 1981 playoffs.