Former Denver Nuggets forward Bobby Jones had been named a finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame before, and four separate times his hopes had been thwarted. “When it doesn’t happen for a couple times, you think, ‘That’s OK, it’s not going to happen,’” Jones said in a recent phone conversation. “I understand that. There’s a lot of great players out there.” But this past spring, Jones, a defensive stopper throughout his 12-year career, finally got the call he wanted to get. It came while driving from his hometown Charlotte to Charleston, with his wife in the car. “My wife was in tears,” Jones said.
“I immediately started thinking back on my career, my playing days, and it brought back some really good memories.”