Photos by Chesapeake Sports Club Member Linda Allen Clifton
NBA Legend and former NSU player Bob Dandridge was our April 8th Luncheon Speaker. Robert L. “Bob” Dandridge (born November 15, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player. He attended Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond, Virginia and Norfolk State University, teaming up with Pee Wee Kirkland. His teams had phenomenal years. The Spartans won the CIAA title in 1968 with a 25-2 record; they lost in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Tournament. The next year their record was 21-4 and they lost in the first round of the D-II tournament. He was drafted by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1969 American Basketball Association draft and by the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth round of the 1969 NBA Draft.
Named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1970, Dandridge was also an important part of the Milwaukee Bucks team that won the NBA championship in 1971 alongside the Hall-of-Fame duo of Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson. Dandridge is usually mentioned as one of the NBA’s best forwards in the 1970s. He played a total of 13 seasons in the NBA, nine of them with the Bucks as well as four with the Washington Bullets, with whom he won an NBA championship in 1978 while forming the frontcourt with another future Hall-of-Fame duo: Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.
In his career he averaged 18.5 points per game over 839 regular season games and 20 points per game in 98 playoff games and was a 4-time NBA all star. His dunk in Game 7 of the 1978 Finals sealed the Bullets championship victory.
After retiring as a player, Dandridge served as an assistant coach at Hampton University from 1987 to 1992. Today, he lives in Norfolk, Virginia and conducts basketball clinics.