Charleston, SC - September 4, 2022
NuMentality Skillz Training LLC teamed up with NBA retiree Jumaine Jones to host the Labor Day Skillz Camp in Charleston South Carolina. Jumaine Jones, founder of Beyond The Hardwood Academy wanted to speak on work ethic, share what it takes to be a teammate and defender of legendary players like Kobe Bryant!
Declaring himself eligible for the 1999 NBA draft, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 27th overall pick, but he was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent two years. On December 30, 1999, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jones became a part of NBA history when he scored the final basket of the 1990s. As the 76ers became the 2001 Eastern Conference champions, Jones started throughout the postseason after current starter George Lynch went down with an injury, including the 2001 NBA Finals, in which the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the 76ers in five games. Jones' best game of the 2001 NBA playoffs came in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semis against the Vince Carter-led Toronto Raptors. Jones played 31 minutes going 6-9 from the field and tallying 16 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
He then played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before being traded to the Boston Celtics. In Boston, he suffered an injury early into the season and limited his appearances. In 2004, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, but only when the deal was renegotiated after Gary Payton initially refused to report to the Celtics. On October 26, 2005, Jones was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. On August 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Jones was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Nets on October 1, 2007, but he was waived later that month.