EP.59 Wisconsin native and former NBA great, Jim Chones, joins Will Gates and Arthur Agee on the Hoop Dreams Podcast. Jim was an All-American ball player at Marquette University where he wore number 22 (one of the reasons Will Gates chose to wear number 22 at the same school). Jim was only the second player ever to leave college early to go pro when he joined the New York Nets of the ABA, in 1972, where he went on to be a member of the ABA All-Rookie Team. In 1975 he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA where he played 5 seasons before winning a championship with the LA Lakers in 1980. Jim is portrayed by actor Newton Mayenge in Adam McKay's Winning Time on HBO. Jim takes us back to his childhood where he grew up in a tough neighbourhood with a volatile home life and discusses the lessons he learned through the good and bad experiences of dealing with his father. After retiring from the NBA Jim has spent many years as part of the Cleveland Cavaliers broadcast team. Jim has raised 5 children who were all NCAA athletes and his kids are still involved in basketball to this day. His daughter Kaayla played for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA and his daughter Kareeda works for the Milwaukee Bucks. Sit back and listen to a piece of basketball history on this weeks episode. Listen & Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, YouTube and all your podcast platforms.
An Unlearning Network Production
Hosted by Will Gates and Arthur Agee
Produced by Matt Hoffar
Written by Matt Hoffar, Will Gates and Arthur Agee
Editing by: Matt Savage