Tim James (basketball)

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Tim James
Personal information
Born (1976-12-25) December 25, 1976 (age 46)
Miami, Florida
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school Miami Northwestern (Miami, Florida)
College Miami (Florida) (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999: 1st round, 25th overall pick
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career1999–2007
Position Small forward
Number40, 25, 23
Career history
As player:
1999–2000 Miami Heat
2000–2001 Charlotte Hornets
2001 Philadelphia 76ers
2003 Tekelspor
2007 Cocodrilos de Caracas
2007 Hamamatsu Phoenix
2007 Ironi Ashkelon
As coach:
2011–2012 Vance-Granville CC
Career highlights and awards
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tim O'Connor James (born December 25, 1976) is a retired American professional basketball player and United States Army specialist and former head coach of the Vance-Granville Community College men's basketball team. In a three-year National Basketball Association career, he played for the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers. He also played professional basketball in Japan, Turkey and Israel. [1] [2]


Basketball career

He played high school basketball at Miami Northwestern High School and collegiate basketball at the University of Miami. In the 1999 NBA draft, the Miami Heat picked James as the 25th pick overall, and James played with that team during his rookie season (1999–2000). He signed with the Charlotte Hornets the next season and the Philadelphia 76ers the next. The 76ers cut James in 2001. James then played abroad: for Tekelspor of the Turkish Basketball League in 2003, [3] Cocodrilos de Caracas of LPBV, [4] Hamamatsu Phoenix of the Japanese bj League, and Ironi Ashkelon of the Israeli Basketball Super League. [5]

James was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. [6]

Military career

James later served in Iraq after enlisting in the U.S. Army. An article by Dan Le Batard detailed his choices leading him to joining the military, including his decision not to tell his fellow soldiers about his NBA experience. [1] On 19 March 2011, James was honored with a pre-game ceremony in Miami, before his former team played the Denver Nuggets. [2]

Coaching career

James was named head basketball coach for Vance-Granville Community College in North Carolina in 2011. [7]

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