Wali Jones

Inside Biography

Walter "Wali" Jones is a former professional basketball player, who was born on the 14th of February, 1942 and is currently 73 years of age. He was born as the third out of 5 children born to a country music singer Bob Jones and his mother Anna, was a mechanical engineer who also worked as a yoga instructor. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Stated of America, he had two elder siblings: Will and Wallace and two younger ones: Mia and Catherine. As a child, he spent most of his time with his friends who were interested into Rock N’ Roll music, and like all they wanted to form a musical group. His parents however, insisted that he should go to school more and he got admitted at the Overbrook High School in Pennsylvania.

But, there were complaints from his school regarding his regular absentees which started to bother his folks. Soon, he quit school and went on a summer camp to Miami where he spent most of the time watching Basketball players and got influenced by them. His interest then shifted from rock music to basketball, and upon his return home he started to train with his schools coach and improvised in a short interval of time. He didn’t study much at his school, but graduated from there with his basketball degree. Coached by Jack Kraft, he termed Wali as a “dynamite potential” and later went to study and play for the Villanova University from 1961 to 1964. Born and raised in United States of America, he is an American by nationality and belongs to black ethnicity. A follower of Christianity, he is a Roman Catholic.

Wali is a tall, athletic and physical man who has a height of about 6 feet and 2 inches, which is about 188 cm. He was famous for his big thick set of hair and facial hair that gave him somewhat scary looks. Starting to train in the gym from the age of 16, and continued with his training. Apart from that, he was also very conscious about his health and followed a strict routine regarding his eating and sleeping habits. He doesn’t seem to have any tattoos in his body, nor has any sort of piercings or such. With rumors regarding him getting involved into drugs, there was never an evidence for the accusation. He was a disciplined player on the pitch and was an idol for his younger team mates.

He started NBA with Baltimore Bullets, and on his soph 0re year was named the NBA All-Rookie Team. But before settling well into the team, he signed with Philadelphia 76ers and was with them for the next six years. He made almost regular appearances for the team, and played as a solid point guard. Then in 1967, he left the team and towards the second half of his career played for some more teams like Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Stars.

A father of a child, Wali has been married and his son Askia is also a very gifted basketball player who plays for the Kansas State University. He and his wife have been in a long and strong relationship and no signs of them getting a divorce are possible. Not much is known regarding his past affairs and relationships.

by sanjeet, 22 May, 2015

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