HoopsHype Fred Jones rumors
Fred Jones, former NBA player and All-Star Slam Dunk Champion, said in a radio interview on 750-AM on Monday that he might consider coaching one day, but would rule out trying to reach the professionals. "NBA players don't want coaching," he said Monday, "and I know that. Definitely college. I want to be there every day. I want to grow boys into men. I want them around my family. I want that whole college experience to help guys pursue their dreams and turn them into grown men." Oregonian
The 2004 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Fred Jones has traded away his shorts and sneakers for a tailor made suit and briefcase. Jones, a one-time Portland Trail Blazer that had his best years as a member of the Indiana Pacers, has assembled a topnotch tech team to launch a private social media site he calls Player Population (playerpopulation.com). CSNNW.com
The site is exclusively for current and former NBA players created with the sole purpose of keeping players in contact with one another. The site also allows players to showcase their businesses, promote charity events, basketball camps and tons more. “I got the idea traveling around the country and running into players,” Jones told CSNNW.com. “A lot of times we would see one another and say, 'Hey, I didn't know you were in town. I got this charity event going and I would have liked for you to attend it if I knew you were in town.' Player Population will keep guys connected.” CSNNW.com
Jones, 34, says 65 players have signed up thus far, with hopes of getting the entire league involved. He's also hopeful that he'll get the NBA Player's Association on board, having met with Vice President and Secretary- Treasurer of the Player's Association Jerry Stackhouse and James Jones. Stackhouse and James Jones were impressed with Jones' website and presentation and are backing it with plans to present it to President Derek Fisher. Jones is confident that Player Population will eliminate misinterpretation of vital and key information that come out of player meetings. CSNNW.com
Three time defending champ, Guangdong, has just bolstered their title defense with the acquisition of 2004 NBA Slam Dunk champion, Fred Jones, according to Tencent. A seven year NBA veteran, Jones was selected with the 14th overall pick out of Oregon in 2002 by the Indiana Pacers. After spending four years as a Pacer playing predominantly off the bench, Jones played for the Raptors, Blazers, Knicks and Clippers from 2006 to 2009. His NBA career totals 430 games played with averages of 7.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Jones played last year in Italy playing for Pallacanestro Biella. NiuBBall.com
Fred Jones could move to China next season. According to the local media, the Guangdong Southern Tigers would be close to sign the 31-year-old American guard, former player of Pacers, Raptors, Blazers, Knicks and Clippers. Jones played for the first time overseas last season in Italy, averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for Angelico Biella before leaving the team due to an injury. thehoopsmarket.com
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