Bob Love is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. For most of his career, he played with the Chicago Bulls. He now serves as the franchise’s Director of Community Affairs and Goodwill Ambassador. During his career, he was a three-time NBA All-Star.

Player Profile and High School and College Career

Robert Earl “Butterbean” Love was born on December 8, 1942, in Bastrop, Louisiana in the United States of America. He stands 203 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 98 kg.

He attended Morehouse High School in Louisiana. He later went on to Southern University. While there, he was given All-America honors in 1963 and 1965. Love was also named to the First-team All-SWAC from 1963 to 1965.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.03 m / 98 kg
Born 8 Dec 1942
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Butterbean
Team History
New York Nets New York Nets 1976 - 1977
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 1977
207 chicago bulls Chicago Bulls 1968 - 1976
Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati Royals 1966 - 1968
211 milwaukee bucks Milwaukee 1968
Trenton Colonials 1965 - 1966

Professional Career

Love joined the NBA during the 1965 NBA Draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the fourth round. He was the 33rd overall pick. However, he failed to make the cut and instead went to the Eastern Basketball League and played for the Trenton Colonials. He was named the EBL Rookie of the Year.

In 1966, he finally made the cut to play for the Royals. He played with them for a couple of seasons. He was later signed by the Milwaukee Bucks before eventually joining the Chicago Bulls in 1968. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 1971 while with the Bulls. Also in 1971, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team. He played with the bulls through to 1976 then he spent some time with the New York Nets and the Seattle SuperSonics before eventually retiring.

In 1993, he returned to the Chicago Bulls as the Director of Community Affairs and Goodwill Ambassador.

Career Highlights

  • 1971–1973 - NBA All-Star
  • 1971, 1972 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1972–1974 - NBA All-Defensive SecondTeam
  • No. 10 retired by Chicago Bulls
  • 1966 - EPBL Rookie of the Year
  • 1963, 1965 - NAIA All-American
  • 1963–1965 - First-team All-SWAC
  • No. 41 retired by Southern Jaguars

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