James Andrew Jones answers to the nicknames “J Hoops” (pronounced Joops, the h is silent) and “J.J.” He and his wife, Destiny, have 3 children. James is one of five children, born to Jennifer and Earl Harris. As a four-year letter winner at American Senior High School in Miami, James was the Class 6A Player of the Year in Florida in 1999. He graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Miami where he was a member of the National Honor Society and carried a 3.41 GPA. He chose his major because of his love for numbers, is currently the secretary/treasurer of the NBA Players Association, the HEAT’s player rep and a member of the NBAPA negotiating committee. James is a managing partner of the multifaceted consulting firm Jones and Jones Strategic Consulting. In 2009, he established the James Jones Legacy Foundation to make a difference in the lives of children who do not have access to positive role models. His dedication extends throughout the community as an advocate for Tobacco Free Florida, The Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, and a personal leadership and literacy campaign for school age children. Athletics runs deep among his family. His uncle, Ricky Gutierrez, is a former infielder who played 12 seasons of Major League Baseball from 1993-2004 with the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. His aunt, Lisa Gutierrez, and his cousin, Mionsha Gay played basketball at the University of Miami. His aunt, Hope Jones, and his cousin, Shelnita Jackson played basketball locally at Barry University. James’ father, Jay Lee (Southern University), his uncle, Mitchell Lee (University of Minnesota), and his cousin, Shawn Brailsford (Marshall University) played college basketball. James enjoys reading, spending time with his family, fishing, bowling and waterskiing. In 2006, James hosted a basketball camp with his former high school coach in his hometown at American Senior High School, which blossomed into Crew 22 Training Camp. In 2009 James and his wife have hosted J Hoops Live in his wife’s hometown of Barbados with the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association. In addition to basketball his favorite sports include football, his favorite teams being the Miami Hurricanes and the Miami Dolphins. James Jones wears size 16 sneakers.