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Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

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Born:
12/8/1942
Birth Location:
Delhi, Louisiana

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Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

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Born:
12/8/1942
Birth Location:
Delhi
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Biography

Born in Delhi, Louisiana in 1943, Love was one of thirteen children. Throughout his childhood and most of his adult life, he suffered from a debilitating stutter. This handicap forced him to turn inward and dream of becoming a professional basketball player. As a child, Love nailed wire hangers shaped as hoops onto his grandmother's house and pretended some his competitors were some of the nations best. Love graduated from Moorehouse High School in Bastrop, Louisiana in 1961. After high school, Love attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he received his degree in Food and Nutrition.

Following college, Love began his professional basketball career with the Cincinnati Royals. He was later traded to the Bucks, and then traded once again to the Chicago Bulls in 1968. During his eight seasons with the Bulls, he led in team scoring for seven years and was a three-time NBA All Star. He also holds the second highest scoring record in Bulls history with 12,623 points.

Love's basketball career ended as a result of a back injury in 1977. After that, his opportunities seemed limited. He tried for seven years to find steady employment but his stutter made it impossible. In 1984, he was hired as a dishwasher for $4.45 an hour. At the age of 45, in 1988, Love's life changed after meeting a speech therapist that helped him cure his stutter. In 1992, he returned to work with the Bulls as the Director of Community Affairs.

Bob Love, the man who once shied away from speaking in public, now gives motivational speeches to thousands of teens each year. His jersey was retired on January 14, 1994, but he is the proud recipient of the Individual Achievement Award from the National Council for Communicative Disorders and the Oscar Robertson Leadership Award, the NBA's highest award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bob Love's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bob Love describes his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bob Love describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bob Love describes his maternal grandmother, Ella Hunter, who raised him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bob Love talks about losing his grandmother and her influence on him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bob Love talks about his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bob Love talks about his growth spurts during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bob Love describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bob Love describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bob Love describes a time when his friends scared off Klux Klux Klansmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bob Love describes growing up with a stutter while attending Morehouse Parish Elementary School in Bastrop, Louisiana and becoming the starting quarterback
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bob Love describes playing basketball at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bob Love talks about constructing a make-shift basketball as a child to practice basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bob Love describes his social life at Morehouse Parish High School in Bastrop, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bob Love talks about his influential coaches during college at Southern University in Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bob Love describes his offer from the Cincinnati Royals in 1965 to play for the NBA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bob Love talks about playing for the NBA in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bob Love talks about the initial challenges of playing for the NBA as a stutterer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bob Love describes his first professional contract with the NBA in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bob Love talks about the challenges of finding employment after his retirement from the NBA in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bob Love talks about being traded from the Cincinnati Royals in 1968 to the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bob Love talks about the Chicago Bulls' initial reluctance to hire him in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bob Love describes leading the Chicago Bulls' scoring from 1968 to 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bob Love talks about the difficulties of establishing a career after professional basketball as a stutterer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bob Love talks about his first and second marriage and his stuttering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bob Love talks about experiencing difficulties when he simultaneously retired, got divorced, and had back surgery in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bob Love describes finding work at Nordstrom Restaurants in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bob Love talks about getting help for his stuttering and then becoming a spokesperson for Nordstrom Restaurants in 1988
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bob Love describes his therapy at the Speech and Hearing Center in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Bob Love talks about the relationships he formed while working at Nordstrom Restaurants in Seattle Washington from 1984 to 1992
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Bob Love describes what he teaches his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bob Love describes the background of his nickname, "Butterbean"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bob Love talks about being traded from the Chicago Bulls in 1977 to the New Jersey Nets then the Seattle SuperSonics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bob Love talks about mentoring young students and athletes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bob Love describes how he mentors young athletes to value their education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bob Love describes how he uses his personal experiences to mentor young people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bob Love describes how he motivates young people by sharing his struggles with his speech impediment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bob Love talks about his involvement with a Civil Rights protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a student at Southern University in 1962 with H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bob Love talks about the experiences he had while traveling with the NBA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bob Love describes the challenges young NBA players face today
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Bob Love talks about the NBA player, Yao Ming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bob Love describes his role models growing up
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bob Love talks about what values he considers important
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bob Love talks about returning to Chicago, Illinois in 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bob Love shares talks about an experience during his spokesperson years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bob Love describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bob Love talks about his political interests
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bob Love describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bob Love describes what he wants his legacy to be
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bob Love talks about The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Bob Love's photographs