Lakers Moments: Bob McAdoo steps up as the big man
Give me that: Lakers forward Bob McAdoo battles Celtics forward Larry Bird for a rebound in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the Forum on June 5, 1985.
McAdoo found success off the bench with the Lakers in the early 1980s, playing a key role for teams that reached four straight finals and won two championships.
A season-ending injury to Mitch Kupchak midway through the 1981-82 season sent the club scrambling for another big man. On Christmas Eve, 1981, the Lakers sent a second-round draft pick to the New Jersey Nets for McAdoo and he was the first man off the bench for the Lakers' 1982 NBA championship team.
In 1982-83 he averaged 15 points per game but the Lakers lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the finals.
In 1983-84 McAdoo's 13.1 scoring average led all nonstarters in the NBA and he averaged 14 points per game in a losing effort against the Boston Celtics in the finals.
The Lakers returned to the finals after the 1984-85 season, for the fourth time in McAdoo's four seasons with the team. This time McAdoo averaged 11.4 points in the playoffs as the Lakers won the title.
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