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SouthBound: Bobby Jones On The NBA Finals, ’72 Olympics & Other Courtside Tales

Bobby Jones driving on Larry Bird in a Philadelphia-Boston game in the '80s.
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Bobby Jones driving on Larry Bird in a Philadelphia-Boston game in the '80s.

Bobby Jones built a basketball career on his ability to guard other players, to the point where Nike created a marketing campaign calling him the Secretary of Defense. He was an All-Star five times in his 12-year pro career and won an NBA title in 1983 as a member of a great Philadelphia 76ers team that included Moses Malone and Dr. J, Julius Erving. 

Before that, Jones played for Dean Smith at The University of North Carolina and also played for Team USA in the 1972 Olympics, which put him in the middle of one of the most controversial games in sports history.

After retiring from the NBA, Bobby moved back to his hometown of Charlotte and coached high-school basketball for years. He has a lot to say about today’s NBA, what it was like when he played, and a lot of other things. Here’s our SouthBound conversation.

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Bobby Jones with a statue in his honor after the Philadelphia 76ers retired his jersey in February.

Show Notes:

Music From This Episode:

  • Poor Tom - Led Zeppelin
  • North London - Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood

Let's keep the conversation going. Send a tweet to @tommytomlinson or @wfae, and use the hashtag #WFAESouthBound. You can also email me at tomlinsonwrites@gmail.com.

Where to Listen:

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.