Bobby Jones Rumors

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.”
The only negative to his time in Denver was how it ended. Jones, who had to negotiate both epilepsy and a heart condition during his career, was traded to the Sixers in 1978. “Leaving Denver was difficult just because when I went into the office, I got traded and I went to say goodbye to everybody, (and) everybody looked at me like I was a foreigner,” Jones said. “‘What are you doing here? You’re not on our team anymore.’… That was a bittersweet ending.”
Welcome to our three-part retrospective looking back on the career of 76ers legend Bobby Jones, a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Enshrinement. Over the next few weeks, we’ll examine Jones’ famous defensive prowess, his underrated offensive power, and his redefinition of clutch play. Here’s Part I: Since defense was the calling card of Mr. Bobby Jones, we’ll appropriately address it in the first installment of this series. The man was so enraptured with defense, Jones’ sculpture on Legends Walk at the 76ers Training Complex is of him making a hectic dive to capture a loose ball.