|Born||August 3, 1949|
Poughkeepsie, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
(Hyde Park, New York)
|College||Saint Peter's (1968–1971)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the Baltimore Bullets|
|1971–1973||Baltimore / Capital Bullets|
|1973–1974||New York Nets|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Rinaldi attended F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, New York and was an All-American guard at St. Peter's College, where he played from 1967–71. As a senior at St. Peter's in 1970–71, Rinaldi averaged 28.6 points per game, which was the nation's sixth-highest scoring average that season.
Rinaldi was selected 43rd overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Draft and signed a contract which earned him $33,000 as a rookie. He played in the NBA with the Bullets from 1971–1974. After being cut by the Bullets during the 1973–1974 season, Rinaldi signed with the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association in November 1973. Rinaldi's most successful NBA season came in 1972–73, when he averaged 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 33 games for the Bullets. He ended his professional career in Europe, playing in Italy and Switzerland from 1976–1982.
As of 2017, Rinaldi worked for the National Basketball Players Association, counseling players on the transition to post-basketball careers. He was also an analyst on Marist College Red Fox basketball broadcasts in early 90s on WTZA-62 Kingston NY.
- Haynes, Stephen (June 24, 2017). "Then & Now: Last local before Lydon had different draft experience". The Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
- "Richard P. (Rich) Rinaldi". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- "Nets Cut Ollie Taylor". The New York Times. 27 November 1973. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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