6 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday. September 15. 1977
Despite a plethora of NBA laurels
happiness has escaped the Big Mac
By PETE MITCHELL
Of all the former UNC greats playing in
la$t Saturday's Pro-Alumni basketball
game. Robert McAdoo seemed like the
epitome of a Carolina success story.
Only five years out of the Atlantic Coast
Conference. McAdoo has already copped
Rookie of the Year honors in the National
Basketball Association along with Playe,rtf
the Year and two league scoring titles. He's
the Carolina boy making good in the big
time on the surface anyway. In reality.
Bob McAdoo's five year saga since leaving
Dean Smith is not a happy one.
McAdoo's was an unusual case from the
start. Having grown Up in Greensboro, he
played two years at Vincennes Junior
College before coming to Carolina as
Smith's first and only junior transfer player.
The Tar Heels made it to the NCAA finals
that year, I972, with McAdoo leading the
way. But the 6-foot-10. 2IO-pounder didn't
stick around for his senior year, electing
instead to chase the big bucks at the height of
the NBA-ABA biddmg wars.
He was a sure bet according to scouts, the
kind that revives franchises. And that's
exactly what the fans in Buffalo, N.Y.,
thought when their Braves snatched
McAdoo in the first round.
His announcement to leave didn't go over
too well in Chapel Hill and it wasn't long
before they were roasting him on the shores
of Lake Erie.
Having changed team colois to orange
and black the year before, the Braves
announced another change just hours after
McAdoo signed a multi-year pact. They said
they would wear Carolina blue and white
uniforms for the 1 973 season.
Of course, the rumor spread that McAdoo
had demanded the change as part of his
contract negotiations and the press was
hounding the rookie from the start.
Ornery owner Paul Snyder had hired and
fired three coaches in the team's three year
existence, but brought in the tested and
respected Jack Ramsay for the '73 season.
Under Ramsay, the Buffalo fans assumed
McAdoo would develop instantly into the
star capable of transforming the Braves into
a legitimate contender in the NBA East.
They were calling him 'Big Mac' even before
his first game.
With all of that going on. 'Big Mac'
proceeded to have a pitiful first hall of his
rookie year. He seemed uncomfortable at
forward and appeared to be in a constant
daze, ambling up and down the court with
those big. drooping eyes and his fists
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Snyder and company made excuses,
pointing ou that he was actually only as old
as a college senior and needed time to
mature. 1 he press didn't like him because he
wasn't very quotable. I he frustrated fans,
wanted a winning team ol some sort in
Bullalo and grimaced at his horrible
shooting percentage and tat six-figure
'I was the night before Christmas. 1973'.
that McAdoo woke up and began giving the
fans what they'd expected all along. I he
Braves played a game in Houston which was
televised back to Western New York.
McAdoo was unstoppable, hitting for 44
points with stockings lull ol rebounds and
"I hat first hall ol my rookie year was
hell." McAdoo said alter the Pro-Alumni
game, "i knew I could do it and everybody
kept talking about how I had all the tools.
Eor some reason, it took awhile."
I he next year. McAdoo led the league in
scoring as the Braves secured a playofl berth
lor the first time. He repeated in 1975 and
was also named Player of the Year.
'That team is the best I've ever played
lor." McAdoo said. "I he one in '75 with
Randy Smith. Jim McMillian. Garfield
Heard and Ernie DiGrcgono. We had the
second best regular season record. We
should've gone lurther in the playoffs."
Despite all the individual trophies and his
team's progress. McAdoo never felt
appreciated in Bullalo. hirst ol all. Buffalo is
an ice hockey town and the N Hi's Sabres,
w ho came into the league the same year the
Braves joined the NBA. were winners Irom
the start. I hey sold out Memorial
Auditorium every game while the Braves
struggled to draw six or seven thousand.
I he lootball Bills had O.J. Simpson, who
was all alone as the city's sports hero. And
the pro basketball audiences liked Ernie D.'s
flamboyant style and local product Randy
Smith much more than McAdoo.
"It wasn't like everyone wasn't aware of
what I was doing up there." McAdoo
explained. "I just didn't get the same kind of
treatment people like O.J. got."
When it came time to negotiate a new
contract in 1976. McAdoo brought in his
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Why didn't you?
If you live near a bus route and still travel around
town by car every day, you'd better have a good
excuse. Frankly, we can't think of one, though' we've
heard them all. But since you probably take your
excuses seriously, let's take a look at the popular
Okay, so your car leaves from your home instead of
the corner. But what happens during the trip or when
you arrive at your destination? You have to fight
traffic, buy gas, search for parking, and then probably
walk a good ways to where you're going. With the
bus, you can take your eyes off the road. You don't
have to worry about getting gas. Or accidents. Or
parking. Or traffic. You can relax, do homework,
snooze, start a romantic involvement. Try all that in
your car and it can get you killed or arrested. A car
can get to you. A bus just gets you there.
If you think riding a car is cheaper than riding a bus,
look closely at the figures. According to transporta
tion analysts, the cost of commuting by car is about
50 for the average trip. When you have a bus pass,
the cost is just 84 a trip. And you don't have to worry
about buying a new bus every two years, either.
Just because buses are big doesn't mean they're slow.
On a Chapel Hill bus, downtown is at most 23 minutes
away. And a typical ride is usually 10 minutes or less.
In fact, if you have to park your car some distance
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unpleasant. Surveys show that those people aren't the
ones who ride the buses. Chapel Hill bus ridersfsay
they enjoy riding buses, that they can relax and think
better, too. Whose word would you take?
Don't pass up the pass.
You really don't need excuses. What you need is a
bus pass. One pass, good for a year of unlimited rides
is just $40. You can get a pass at the Tax Office in
the Municipal Building and at all First Citizens and
CCB branch offices. Or if you work or go to school at
UNC, contact the Traffic Office in the YMC A building.
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club's owner pointed out McAdoo's
defensive deficiencies! the Braves gave up the
most points ol any team in 1975) as well as
his center's inabilitv to get the Braves into the
"II you look at the statistics, all the
statistics. I was one ol the top players in the
league." McAdoo said "I expected to be
paid like one ol the top live and Snydei
didn't come near it."
I he newspapers said Snvder offered
McAdoo $5(K).(KKI a yeai.
"I hat's wrong." McAdoo said. "Snyder
was just trying to gel the lans against me."
Whatever the case. McAdoo and high
salaried Tom McMillen were shipped to the
New York K nicks at mid-season for a
mediocre center named John Gianelli and
the Braves promptly dropped out ol
Soon alter the lopsided trade. McAdoo
returned to Bullalo amidst boos to score 41
points and 25 rebounds against his old
"I did play real hard that game." he
recalled. I here wasa lot ol pride involved
"I mean there's no question about the
mental anguish and adjustment involved in
the whole thing." McAdoo said. "I was
unhappy with my contract and I did
something about it."
Whatever it was that he was searching lot
in Buffalo, it's escaped him so lar alter halt a
season in Madison Square Garden. As
predicted. McAdoo. Walt hraier and harl
Monroe had trouble deciding who would
shoot the ball last year and the K nicks were
embarrassingly shut out ol the playollv
Writers were quick to pounce on
McAdoo. the newcomer, criticizing his
obsession with shooting Irom the outside
Most of all. the New York press didn't
tolerate his occasional lapses, having
. watched, the traditionally stingy Knicks lor
Individually. 'Big Mac' had another good
year in "7f-'77. I'nlortunately. that's not
enough. H is team's got to w in it all before the
skeptics are silenced.
"I just go out t here and do everything I can
do." McAdoo said. "I he critics are gonna
criticize everybody anyway. I'm just waiting
to he on a championship team; nobody can
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Stall photo by Joseph Thomas
Bob McAdoo (35), is surrounded by teammate Dennis Wuycik (left) and opponent
Mitch Kupchak (right) in Saturday's Pro-Alumni game. McAdoo was a junior, Wuycik
a senior and Kupchak a senior in high school when Carolina advanced to the Final
Four of 1972 national tournament.
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