Ex-NBA player, member of 1972 Team USA passes away

dwight-jonesFormer NBA player Dwight Jones (1952–2016) has passed away at age 64, according to National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).

According to the Houston Chronicle, Jones had been battling a heart ailment for last several years of his life.

Jones was the member of the 1972 U.S. Men’s Basketball Olympic team that is known for their controversial gold-medal game where they lost to the former Soviet Union.

For years, Jones remained frustrated by that loss.

“For some of the guys, it’s eased over the years,” he was quoted as having said by The Houston Chronicle in 2002. “But for most of us,” he added, “we’re not that way.”

Jones went on to play in the NBA for 10 seasons following his Olympic career, for Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers.

Jones played in total of 766 NBA regular season games, averaging 8.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 21.5 mpg.


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