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Nice Read: SLAM Magazine’s Interview With Thurl Bailey

October 27, 2010

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“Thurl Bailey burst onto the national scene in 1983 when his North Carolina State team shocked the world by beating Houston to win the national title. Afterwards, Bailey enjoyed a successful NBA career, the majority of which was spent in Utah. In 12 seasons, Bailey averaged 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.2 bpg.

Since hanging it up, Bailey has stayed active in a numbers of ways. Jazz fans still get the chance to see him often as a broadcast analyst for the team. However, his biggest impact is coming away from basketball, where he is involved with the charity TIFIE Humanitarian.

Bailey recently returned from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where, through basketball, he taught children some of the life lessons he has learned. Bailey has also been to China and Mexico this past summer and regularly speaks at high schools.

SLAM caught up with Bailey to talk about all of the work he is doing with children, as well as his thoughts on Al Jefferson and the upcoming season for the Jazz.


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