17-year NBA big man Caldwell Jones dies at 64

The 76ers selected Jones out of Albany State with the 32nd overall pick in the 1973 NBA draft.



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Duke Basketball: Breaking Down Tyus Jones’ Chances to Make 2014-15 All-ACC Team

There are few bets in all of college basketball that are safer than saying at least one Duke player will be on the All-ACC team. With all the talent that head coach Mike Krzyzewski brought in this offseason, that will once again be the case in the 2014-15 season.

The question now becomes which player or players make that distinguished squad.

Jahlil Okafor may be the headliner of the Blue Devils’ loaded recruiting class and the potential No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft, but don’t overlook the newcomer at point guard. Tyus Jones is the perfect candidate to quarterback this Duke team, and he will put up some impressive numbers along the way.

Talent-wise, Jones is certainly good enough to compete for a spot on the All-ACC team. He is always looking to set up others, has impressive court vision that allows him to thread passes through narrow openings, controls the pace of the game with his excellent ball-handling skills and understanding of tempo and is more than ready to get out in transition when needed.

He doesn’t have explosive speed, but Jones is quick enough to get by defenders off the dribble and stay in front of shifty guards on the defensive side. He also has a deadly perimeter jumper in his arsenal that will help him make opponents pay when they sag off him to focus on Okafor.

Krzyzewski couldn’t have asked for a better pass-first, distributing point guard to run a team with so much talent across the board.

Having teammates like Okafor, Justise Winslow, Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson and Quinn Cook, among others, would be somewhat worrisome when discussing Jones’ chances at earning All-ACC honors if he depended on his scoring. He clearly doesn’t, though, and having these types of players around him will lead to head-turning assist numbers once Jones becomes comfortable in the offense.

What’s more, point guards are often judged in a similar fashion to quarterbacks in football where wins and losses count for or against a resume. Duke should be one of the nation’s best teams, and Jones will get plenty of credit for all those wins as he leads the Blue Devils on the floor.

For those worrying that Jones won’t have a substantial enough role to play his way onto the All-ACC team with Cook still around, ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf noted that it shouldn’t be an issue:

Jones himself discussed that relationship with the senior Cook, according to Joedy McCreary of The Associated Press, via TwinCities.com:

We’re looking at it as we’re both trying to get better. We’re both pushing each other to be the best players we can be.

We’re both trying to play in the backcourt at the same time, and with each other we feel … we both bring different dynamics to the table that can help our team be good. We’re looking at it as a positive, rather than a negative. It’s a positive to have two point guards on the floor, so that’s what we’re trying to do.

The fact that Jones is gradually becoming more comfortable with Cook in the backcourt instead of fighting for playing time is certainly an encouraging fact going forward.

While Jones’ talent is obvious, we have to look at other contenders as well if we are projecting his All-ACC chances.

Interestingly, only Marcus Paige returns from last year’s All-ACC first team. Duke’s Jabari Parker bolted for the NBA draft, C.J. Fair graduated from Syracuse, James Michael McAdoo declared for the draft from North Carolina, K.J. McDaniels declared for the draft from Clemson, and T.J. Warren left for the draft from North Carolina State.

That is a lot of departed talent, and it opens up the door for the rest of the players in the ACC, including the multifaceted Jones.

Of course, Paige is also a point guard, and the battle between him and Jones will be an interesting subplot to follow throughout the entire 2014-15 campaign on Tobacco Road. Beyond the obvious Duke-North Carolina rivalry, there are parallels in place as both try to lead young and talented teams to the Final Four and beyond.

However, Paige is the more experienced of the two and has the chance to compete for ACC Player of the Year and even National Player of the Year.

It’s not that Jones can’t reach that level eventually, but Paige has proved it consistently in the college game already. The thought here is that Paige puts up a more successful season when it comes to individual statistics and competes with Okafor for the league’s Most Valuable Player.

The good news for Jones, though, in terms of this discussion is that there is room for two guards on the All-ACC squad. If he fulfills his potential, challenges for the conference’s assists title and leads the Blue Devils to a league championship, he will find his name on that team. 

That is a lot to ask of a freshman, but the coaching and surrounding talent are both already in place. Now, all Jones has to do is deliver.


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Duke’s Jones: ‘Never a rivalry’ with senior Cook (Yahoo Sports)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones says he and veteran Quinn Cook ”don’t look at it as a competition.”

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Reports: Charge’s Jones headed to Asia

Former Cavaliers forward Kevin Jones has signed with San Miguel in the ASEAN Basketball League in Southeast Asia, according to multiple reports.
Jones, who was not resigned by the Cavs after last season, had spent all of this season with the Canton Charge — the Cavs’ affiliate in the NBA D-League.
Cavs acting general manager David Griffin congratulated Jones via his Twitter account Thursday.
Jones is a 6-foot-8 forward who went undrafted out of West Virginia University in 2012. He played in 32 games for the Cavs as a rookie, compiling averages of 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.
This year as a member of the Charge, Jones started 37 of 38 games, averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds on his way to his first D-League All-Star game appearance.
The Charge (23-15) also lost starting guard Jorge Gutierrez on Thursday. Gutierrez signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Also, Charge forward/center Arinze Onuaku signed his second 10-day contract of the season with the Cavs on Tuesday.
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WATCH: Perry Jones III shows off his incredible dunking skills

It may not be very long until Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones III finds himself in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. Jones posted a video of him doing a plethora of dunks on his Instagram account during a workout this morning and it was very impressive. Maybe next year Perry. Check it out:

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Is Terrence Jones the Missing Piece Houston Rockets Have Been Looking For?

Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones is the missing piece the team has been looking for to take it to the next level. Midway through his second season, the Kentucky product has been one of the NBA‘s breakout stars and has filled a huge void at power forward. 

Jones took over for Omer Asik in the starting lineup early in the season and has hit the ground running ever since. As of Jan. 31, he is averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He’s also shooting 52 percent from the field. 

What makes the 22-year-old so valuable is his production on both ends of the court. On offense, he has decent range on his jump shot. He can step outside the paint and hit a mid-range J or even knock down the occasional three. 

His ability to score on the outside opens things up for Dwight Howard in the paint, making him a better complement to D12 than Asik ever was. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Jones is currently shooting 45.5 percent from between 10 and 16 feet. 

Still, Jones’ bread and butter is playing on the inside. Basketball-Reference.com also has the big man shooting 73 percent at the rim, where he’s attempted 177 of his 402 overall shots (most of any area). Furthermore, Jones has converted 40 percent of his shots from within three to 10 feet. 

When you take a look at Jones’ shot chart for the season, you’ll see he enjoys the real estate on the right side of the paint. From there, he’s 65-of-91 (71.4 percent) this year. He’s also found a comfort zone shooting the left corner three, although it isn’t a shot he attempts often (5-for-10, 50 percent). 

Defensively, Jones more than holds his own. His 61 blocks are second best on the team behind Howard (a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time league leader in blocked shots), who has 83. According to 82games.com, opponents have an Effective Field Goal Percentage Allowed of 49 percent when facing Jones.

The 18th overall pick of the 2012 draft really came out of his shell after the new year. For the month of January, Jones averaged 15.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a night. He also shot nearly 55 percent from the field during that span.

A couple highlights from his breakout month:

  • 19 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in a win against Washington on Jan. 11
  • 25 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in a win over New Orleans on Jan. 15
  • Career-high 36 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a win over Milwaukee on Jan. 18


Let’s take a look at some video from that big night against the Bucks. Throughout the clip, the main theme you’ll find is Jones’ ability to score around the basket. A brunt of Jones’ scoring output came on teammates finding him for open dunks or aggressively following up on putbacks. 

However, it is the subtle things that are worth keeping an eye on. For one, his speed getting down the court in transition. He moves surprisingly well for a man his size (6’9″, 252 lbs), and on a few James Harden steals, he was one of the first guys down the floor to help finish the play. 

Also, at the 3:15 mark, you’ll see Jones stroke the three from the aforementioned left corner. Jones’ defender had no hope of closing on him to defend that three before it was put up. Once Parsons kicked it out, Jones had a great open look. 

That was poor defense by Milwaukee, but Jones still deserves kudos for knocking it down. 

At 3:28 comes my favorite play of the entire clip. Jones steps out and blocks the three-pointer. Then, he charges down the court, spinning around one man before splitting two defenders for the layup. A good display of timing on the swat and an even better showcase of athleticism and ball-handling on the coast-to-coast bucket. 

While Jones has emerged over the last few weeks, he isn’t without his faults. To help become more of a weapon stretching the floor, the three-point shot needs to become more consistent. Currently, he’s shooting just under 29 percent from behind the arc. 

Also, while big men aren’t typically automatic from the free-throw line, a guy with Jones’ shooting touch could do better than the 59 percent he’s converting from the charity stripe. With Howard’s well-known free-throw struggles (53 percent), the Rockets don’t need two bigs on the floor together who are liabilities at the line. 

As he works to improve those two areas, he’ll become an even greater asset to an already talented Houston squad. The important thing, even with Jones’ ascension, is that he still understands his role in the pecking order.

“I’m just trying to play my game, just do whatever it takes,” Jones told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle on Jan. 29. “I’m not trying to take any stardom from anybody or anything like that. I know who the best players on our team are, who are the go-to guys. I just try to play off them, read off when Dwight has the ball, move when James is driving and just be an outlet and a guy they can pass to if my guy helps.”

Jones was selected to the NBA’s Rising Stars game, where he will be reunited with former college teammate and another emerging star in New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. That game will allow one of the league’s breakout stars to have a little more of the limelight he deserves. 

Going forward, the strides made by Jones and point guard Jeremy Lin have made the Houston Rockets one of the deeper teams in the league. From 1-to-5, they possess one of the most talented starting rotations in the NBA. 

If Jones is the fifth-best player in the starting five and he’s averaging nearly 11 and eight a night, that’s a problem for potential opponents. His ability to shoot from the outside as well as his effectiveness on the boards and on defense takes a ton of pressure off Dwight Howard. 

It also takes Houston off the hook for the failed Asik-Howard experiment. If Jones never pans out, maybe general manager Daryl Morey panics and rushes into a trade for a starting power forward. Instead, the man for the job was already on the roster. 

For years, power forward has been a sore spot for Houston. Now, it’s a position of strength. The focus coming into this season has been on the team’s Big Three (Howard, Harden and Parsons) and whether they can carry the Rockets to a championship.

Instead, the role players have become equally impressive.

Over the first half of the season, Terrence Jones went from starting the season as a backup to Houston’s missing link. It should only be a matter of time before he becomes a household name. 

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Can Terrence Jones Be the Houston Rockets’ 3rd Offensive Option?

Terrence Jones has been here before, playing third fiddle and maybe fourth on a team brim-loaded with talent, waiting his turn to step out of the shadows, to shoot, to shine.

But unlike his memorable run with the 2012 national champion Kentucky Wildcats—when Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb so often shone instead—Jones might not be giving up the spotlight so easily.

In his past five games, the second-year forward is averaging 21.6 points and 12.2 rebounds on 64.0 percent shooting—a run punctuated by Jones’ 36-point performance in the Houston Rockets’ 114-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

If that 36 sounds impressive, well, the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen knows one guy who would agree:

Even more important for a talented but top-heavy team desperate for a reliable third scoring option: The Rockets are 4-1 during Jones’ quantum quintet of games.

To be sure, Jones has tallied such spells in the past only to disappear for games on end. During one such stretch in late November, Jones recorded eight straight games of 10 or more points before scoring just 10 in the next two games combined (on 5-of-14 shooting).

Such are the ups and downs of a versatile blue-chipper forced to find a groove on a team built around the erratic left hand of James Harden.

Harden will always get his—that much is clear. Whether Jones can continue to assert himself as a legitimate third or even second banana, however, will go a long way in forecasting Houston’s playoff fortunes. 

Judging by the numbers—something to which general manager Daryl Morey has always paid exceeding attention—Jones should have ample opportunities to do precisely that.

According to NBA.com, Jones is charting a true-shooting percentage of 55.5 percent through his first 39 games, above the likes of Joe Johnson, Danny Green, Paul Millsap and Eric Gordon.

Impressive though Jones’ efficiency has doubtless been, there remains a fairly sizable drawback: a paltry 27 percent career clip from three-point range.

Sadly, while Jones has stuffed the stat sheet, his shooting from downtown has fallen off a cliff: Prior to Saturday’s game, in which he went 1-of-2 from deep, Jones had misfired on his previous 14 attempts from distance.

Indeed, for all his undeniable offensive talent, Jones’ inability to hit the long ball at a consistent clip could prove crippling in the long term.

The philosophical conundrum is a profound one: The Rockets’ Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, are rewriting the run-and-gun rulebooks as we speak. (Grantland’s Zache Lowe wrote a terrific piece about this trend last month).

For a team at the forefront of the league’s three-point revolution, Jones’ somewhat limited range poses something of a long-term problem.

At the same time, Jones is young enough and has shown enough in the way of steady improvement (his points and rebounds per game have already doubled over last season) to at least instill some semblance of confidence that his three-point shooting might eventually improve—perhaps drastically.

If that doesn’t happen, Jones is still a legitimate weapon, particularly in the context of Houston’s fast-paced, opportunistic offense.

If that three-point improvement does happen, however, all bets are off.

At 6’9” and 250 pounds, Jones boasts the ideal build to excel in today’s NBA, rife as it is with versatile stretch 4s who can both work the paint and make opponents pay from deep.

Like any team jockeying for postseason positioning, the Rockets are in the process of figuring out not just who they are, but who they need to be.

They know James Harden is the scorer.

They know Dwight Howard is the rim-protecting stud.

They know Chandler Parsons is the five-tool role-player extraordinaire.

They know Jeremy Lin is the unpredictable, sporadically-brilliant spark plug.

Should they figure out who the real Terrence Jones is, the Rockets could go from being the fringiest of fringe contenders to a team with two dynamic stars and a third waiting in the wings.

If his recent spat of games is any indication, however, Jones might well bypass waiting for outright taking.

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Chris Jones won’t play for Louisville on Wednesday vs. Houston

Jones tweaked his oblique muscle in Sunday’s victory over Southern Methodist

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Jones out for No. 18 Louisville vs. Houston (Yahoo Sports)

Louisville's head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday that the 5-foot-10 Jones, the team’s No. 3 scorer at 11.3 points per game, ”tweaked” the muscle while throwing a long pass to freshman teammate Terry Rozier in the first half of Sunday’s victory over SMU. Rozier will start for Louisville (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference), which will also use junior forward Wayne Blackshear as a reserve against the Cougars (10-6, 2-1). ”The one thing we’ve got to do is get 20 to 25 minutes out of him, and I think coming off the bench will help him immensely.” Pitino also announced the promotion of assistant coach Kevin Keatts to associate head coach.

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Is James Dolan the Jerry Jones of the NBA?

Let’s just say that James Dolan doesn’t exactly have the most stellar reputation among NBA circles. 

The New York Knicks owner has been the butt of jokes throughout the 2013-14 season as his team slowly falls down toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

All of his mistakes and inadequacies are rising to the forefront of national attention, whether it’s his overbearing style of management that prevents basketball minds from being basketball minds, his poor talent/personnel decisions or his desire to create headlines. 

Basically, he’s the NBA’s version of Jerry Jones.

All that’s missing is him striding down out of the owner’s box and standing on the sideline, directly in front of the scorer’s table as each of his Knicks’ games comes to a close. Oh, and Jones actually presided over a dynasty, as he steered the Dallas Cowboys to multiple championships in the 1990s before falling from grace over the last decade. 


Lack of Wins

Both Jones and Dolan run some of the most prominent organizations in all of sports. 

The Cowboys, according to Forbes.com, are now the No. 3-most valuable franchise in the world, trailing only Manchester United and Real Madrid. Amazingly, they’re now worth $1.85 billion, leading the website to write: 

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is a master salesman and has attracted the NBA All-Star game, the Super Bowl, a Manny Pacquiao fight, soccer matches, concerts and more to Cowboys Stadium since the $1.2 billion venue opened in 2009. It will host the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four as well. 

Meanwhile, the Knicks are worth $780 million, making them the No. 2-most valuable franchise in the NBA, behind just the Los Angeles Lakers. They rank No. 43 overall, but only because NFL franchises are naturally more profitable and tend to trump the best the Association has to offer. 

Despite the prominence of these organizations, there just haven’t been championships to boast about. And again, this is referring to Jones’ recent tenure with the Cowboys, not the early portion of his time as the team’s owner. 

Since Dolan took over in 1999, the Knicks have made the playoffs just six times. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals during his first year in charge (thanks, Patrick Ewing) and took major steps backward afterward. 

Since the turn of the century, New York has experienced a six-year postseason drought and didn’t win a single playoff series until the 2012-13 season, when Carmelo Anthony carried the squad into the second round. 

Hardly befitting a team with this much money and national/international attention at its disposal, right? 

Well, the same can be said for the Cowboys over the identical time period.

In the 14 seasons that began in 1999-00, Dallas has advanced to the postseason just four times. Even in 2007, when Tony Romo and Terrell Owens led the squad to a 13-3 record, the Cowboys bowed out in the divisional round of the playoffs. 

The success just isn’t there, even if the brand remains one of the most prominent and popular in the world. 


Abundance of Decisions, Many for the Wrong Reasons

Every since Jimmy Johnson stopped calling the shots for the Cowboys, allowing Jones to put his fingerprints all over the franchise, Dallas has taken a serious step backward. 

Johnson was the team’s head coach during the first two Super Bowl victories in the ’90s, and he parted ways with his owner in 1994 after the development of an increasingly turbulent relationship between him and Jones. The third Super Bowl can still be partially credited to Johnson, as the starting lineup he built was mostly intact. 

But since he parted ways and the decisions he made ran their course, there has been nothing but lackluster play and late-season failure in Dallas. 

After the Cowboys were recently eliminated from postseason contention once more, Jones went on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan and delivered the following quote, as relayed by The Dallas Morning News Jon Machota

The other thing is, that I think, for whatever the reason, in the NFL, we make a lot of the GM title, when in fact, it ought to be said, “Look, who is it that ultimately makes the decisions regarding a coach or ultimately, ultimately makes the decision regarding a player?”

Well, if you look at it, this is pro football and that’s a financial decision. And as it would turn out, we’re in a system that causes you to ultimately have to answer financially because it’s called the salary cap, so somebody has got to make that decision. If you really wanted to say, whose being the biggest influence, it might not even be the general manager, it might be the person allocating the salary cap. Just that alone is more of an ownership function—the dollar—than probably most things on the team.

It’s an understandable answer. 

Jones is a masterful businessman, and he’s done a great job building the Cowboys into a moneymaking machine. But if he’s making decisions based on profit and financial decisions, he’s not going to win many games. 

At least it’s better than what Dolan does. 

I’m honestly not sure what he uses as rationale for his decisions. Many of them just don’t make much sense, yet he continues to call the shots.

Perhaps most telling of all was what he did with Glen Grunwald

Even though the former general manager had helped engineer a 54-win roster that was more successful than any other team under Dolan‘s supervision, the unpredictable owner fired him right before the season started. And he still expected his team to be competitive, which would normally be a sign of confidence in the roster that was put together, and thus the man who did the putting together. 

Dolan thinks that because he was the one pushing for Carmelo Anthony, because he has this cozy relationship with CAA sports agents, he is now qualified to make the big calls with the Knicks. James L. Dolan: Whose Knicks have won one playoff series since he became the big boss of the place in the spring of 2001 and began surrounding himself with his small band of corporate yes men, with the notable exception of Mr. Donnie Walsh.

That’s just one quote from Mike Lupica, who wrote a scathing article about Dolan for the New York Daily News as soon as this inexplicable decision was made. 

Lately, it’s just par for the course. 

Dolan insists on putting his fingerprints on everything the Knicks do or try to do. He blocked the trade for Kyle Lowry, for example, and was enraged that a member of his front office would leak details. 

How dare one of the yes-men say something other than a sentence affirming the merits of one of his decisions? 

We have slideshows recapping the worst mistakes that Dolan has made while in charge of the Knicks. We have opinions that revolve around prominent coaching candidates not being willing to consider New York as a job, simply because they couldn’t make decisions: 

But this is about more than the fact that the businessmen are making the sports decisions. Both Jones and Dolan love pursuing shiny things.

For Jones, it’s all about status symbols and reputations. 

When was the last time you saw the Dallas owner in his box without another famous person beside him? He loves flaunting the people he gets to hang out with, and they’re virtually omnipresent when he’s on the television screen. 

However, let’s zoom out from the owner’s box. 

Have you seen the display of exorbitant wealth that is AT&T Stadium? Everything features state-of-the-art technology, and nothing is more eye-catching than the ginormous video screen. If you think a 70-inch television is big, how about a 2,100-inch TV? That’s 175 feet, for those of you without a calculator. 

Flashy. Big. Shiny. Attention-drawing. 

Those are the words that influence Jones. Dolan is more in search of headlines, but the point still stands. He’s more interested in making the popular decision, the one that generates the most headlines or the one that leads to the Knicks receiving as much attention as possible. 

And yet, he, just like Jones, claims that a championship is still the ultimate goal. 

We look forward to his (Steve Mills) leadership,” Dolan said after getting rid of Grunwald, via Lupica, “and believe he is the right person to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”

Sounds pretty similar to the quote Jones delivered at the end of his aforementioned radio interview: “We’re going to continue to work and try to take this team to where we all want to go, and that is competing for a Super Bowl.”

Admirable words, but too bad neither goal will come true while these two men are in charge. 

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