Bob Love was a versatile forward who could shoot with both hands. Love was an All-American in 1963 at Southern University and in the Cincinnati Royals selected him in the fourth round of the 1965 NBA Draft. After a rocky start to his pro career, Love's break came when he was traded to the Chicago Bulls in the middle of the 1968-1969 season.
Love flourished while playing under coach Dick Motta. In 1969-1970, he became a full-time starter, averaging 21 points and 8.7 rebounds. The following season he averaged 25.2 points, appeared in the NBA All-Star Game for the first time, and earned All-NBA Second Team honors. Love appeared in two more All-Star games in 1972 and 1973, and he would average at least 19 points and six rebounds every season until 1976-1977. Love retired in 1977 with career totals of 13,895 points and 4,653 rebounds.
Unfortunately, Love had problems finding work after his playing career because he suffered from a serious stuttering problem. Inspiringly, Love eventually was able to receive speech therapy classes, and he returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1993 as their director of community relations. In recent years, Love has also become a popular motivational speaker.