September 16, 1920|
|Died||September 2, 1985
Asheville, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Jefferson (San Antonio, Texas)|
|Position||Center / Forward|
|1945–1949||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career BAA/NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Robert Paul "Bob" Kinney (September 16, 1920 – September 2, 1985) was an American professional basketball player in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Professional Basketball League (NPBL). Besides Bob, his nicknames included Hi-Pocket and Bat-em Bob. Kinney, who attended high school in San Antonio, Texas, went to college at Rice University where he was a standout on the basketball team in 1940–41 and 1941–42.
During his career at Rice, Kinney, who was an imposing 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 215 pounds (98 kg) center and forward, was a two-time consensus All-American. He was a Second Team selection in 1941 and a First Team All-American in 1942. He joined the Fort Wayne Pistons of the National Basketball League (a precursor to the NBA) in 1945. On January 30, 1949, he was sold by the Pistons to the Boston Celtics and finished out the year with them. At the conclusion of the season, the BAA merged with some of the teams from the NBL to form the NBA. Kinney was retained for the 1949–50 season, which was the NBA's first, and therefore the Celtics' first in the league. In 60 games that year, Kinney scored 667 points (11.1 ppg). Kinney's NBA career ended after that season, but he played for the Anderson Packers of the NPBL in 1950–51. In 23 games, he averaged 12.4 points. On November 19, 1950, he tied a Packers franchise record with 28 points in a 73–81 loss to the Louisville Alumnites.
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- "1950–51 National Professional Basketball League". APBR.org. The Association for Professional Basketball Research. 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
- Official NBA Encyclopedia. Doubleday, 2000. pg. 592.
- Luchter, Paul S. (June 7, 2010). "Single-Game Scoring Record Holders for U.S. Professional Basketball Franchises". luckyshow.org. Retrieved September 16, 2010.