Basketball Star Bobby Jones

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 23, 2001

Bobby Jones played basketball with the Philadelphia 76ers from the late '70s to 1986. What has he been doing since his basketball days? Does he do charity work?
—Wallace N., North Dakota

After retiring from the 76ers in 1986, four-time NBA All-Star Bobby Jones returned to his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., going to work at Charlotte Christian School, where he has been on staff since 1988, holding various positions. He currently is assistant athletics director and runs the school's summer camp program. Jones is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speaking at FCA events, as well as Epilepsy Association functions. He and his wife of 27 years, Tess, have three children. Jones built a powerful reputation as a defender during his professional basketball career. Drafted out of the University of North Carolina in 1973 by the ABA's Carolina Cougars, he joined the Denver Nuggets when Carolina folded. Jones played in the ABA until four teams, of which Denver was one, merged with the NBA in 1976. After being traded to Philadelphia in 1978, he was positioned as the team's indispensable sixth man, earning the first-ever NBA Sixth Man Award and playing a role in the team's 1983 NBA Championship effort. Philadelphia retired Jones' number 24 in 1986.