January 12, 2004


Team Chones (Chris Wagner, January 01, 2004, Syracuse Post-Standard)

For any family with five children, it's natural to say the parents have yielded a basketball team.

For former NBA stalwart Jim Chones and his wife, Elores, it's a reality.

Take a look at college basketball rosters across the nation this season and you'll find these players named Chones:

There's Kaayla, the senior All-America candidate and WNBA hopeful, at North Carolina State.

There's Kameron, the scholarly athlete, the one who held his own against LeBron James in high school, a freshman at Brown University.

There's Kendall, the warrior who battled Syracuse University's big men last month, and Kyle, the pure shooter, both freshmen at nearby Colgate.

Go back a few years and you'll find Kareeda Chones - the groundbreaker, the child who started a family trend - listed as a four-year member of Marquette's women's team.

Five kids . . . two girls followed by triplet boys . . . all Division I basketball players. Five for five. A basketball team separated by space and time but not spirit.

How it came to pass that the five children of a man who owns an NBA championship ring all became good basketball players is less obvious than it seems. The odds, alone, would favor one of the kids not liking the sport. The odds, alone, would favor one or more of the kids not having the talent to play Division I ball.

But the children have inherited a blessed intangible. They share in their blood the burning drive that lifted Jim Chones from poverty growing up in Racine, Wis., to the good life as a professional basketball player. He became an American success story, turning the fortunes of his family 180 degrees in one generation. [...]

"I don't know any other country where you can do this," Chones said. "If you pay the price and are committed, you can accomplish what you want. I tell my kids that they are going to colleges where they will be rubbing shoulders with the (future) leaders of the planet. They have a chance to go places that I can't go. . . . It's a tremendous opportunity."


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2004 7:49 PM

Thanks OJ - great article. I remember Chones well from his playing days at Marquette, who was my favorite team in the early and mid 70s, with Al McGuire. And bravo for Mr. Chones, raising solid middle class kids who will no doubt go on to great things in life.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at January 13, 2004 8:32 AM

What do the short kids do?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 13, 2004 10:51 AM

Become jockeys

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2004 11:01 AM

What do the short kids do?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 13, 2004 11:01 AM

Here are their heights:

Kareeda Chones ?
Kaayla Chones 6.3
Kameron Chones 6.5
Kyle Chones 6.6
Kendal Chones 6.7

The Chones children are big, but they aren't huge by college basketball standards.

For all those non-Chones children who are short, they can speak with Mugsy Bouges or Spudd Webb.

Posted by: pchuck at January 13, 2004 12:23 PM

You miss the point. If getting on is limited to skilled athletes, then very few will get on.

If you give a hoot about the underclass, you need to figure out what to offer the averagely skilled. Shipping all the jobs they might do overseas is not a solution, unless you're prepared to ship them overseas too.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 13, 2004 5:57 PM

People without abilities don't do well in life.

Posted by: oj at January 13, 2004 6:47 PM

Neither do people without chances.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 14, 2004 4:59 PM

Ability creates chances.

Posted by: oj at January 14, 2004 5:48 PM

i played with the Chones boys in middle school at Hawken School in Cleveland. They were dominating. That team also has Logan White on it, currently a sophmore playing for Dayton. That team went undefeated through all of middle school, before they left to different high schools. They were quite some ball players, even back in middle school.

Posted by: R.M at January 31, 2004 12:11 AM

omg i love the chones' i even made up a word that has all the conjucations... je chones tu choneses il/elle chone nous choneon vouz chohens ils/elles chenis...and the past participle COJONES


Posted by: chone figgins at February 4, 2004 1:11 PM

i remember when all the chones kids where born. they come from Good Stock. and will go far in life, thanks to strong parents with good morals.

Posted by: brenda at February 21, 2004 11:26 PM