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Stanley (Stan) S. Love (born April 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American basketball player. A 6' 9" forward, Love graduated from Morningside High School,[1] Inglewood, California, then played collegiately for the University of Oregon Ducks from 1968 to 1971.

Love was the 9th pick in the 1971 NBA Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Bullets. He was also selected by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1971 ABA Draft.[2] He had also been selected in the 1970 ABA Draft by the Texas Chaparrals while still an underclassman.[3]

Love had a four-year professional career with Baltimore and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, and the San Antonio Spurs, then of the American Basketball Association. He retired from the sport in 1975, with per-game averages of 6.6 points (on 0.440 FG and 0.751 FT), 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 fouls for 14.7 minutes in 239 career games[4].

Love was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Love is the father of basketball player Kevin Love, and the younger brother of Beach Boys founding member Mike Love. He is the cousin of Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson.[5] In the mid-1970s and 1980s, Love was employed as a full-time bodyguard and assistant to Brian Wilson, working to re-acclimate the troubled musician to daily life and keep him drug-free. In 1982, Love was fined $750 and placed on six months' probation for a home invasion and assault on Dennis Wilson with fellow bodyguard Rocky Pamplin.[6] In 1990, Love filed a petition to be appointed as Brian Wilson's conservator,[7] resulting in the court-ordered severing of personal and financial ties between Wilson and therapist Eugene Landy in 1991.[8]

Love currently resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Stan Love". Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  2. ^ Stan Love page
  3. ^ 1970 ABA Draft at
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  5. ^ Tim Leighton (Jan 7, 2007). "Love shows skills, poise at shootout". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 
  6. ^ Steven Gaines (Oct 21, 1986). "Beach Boy drummer 'goes for it' and ends up beat up". The Spokesman-Review Spokane Chronicle.,3470164. 
  7. ^ Robert Hilburn (Oct 13, 1991). "Landy's Account of the Wilson Partnership". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Chuck Philips (Dec 6, 1991). "Beach Boy Wilson Settles Suit on Will". Los Angeles Times. 


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