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

Jun 13, 2018

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.

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

Show Notes:

Music From This Episode:

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

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