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Thurl Lee Bailey (born July 7, 1961 in Washington, D.C.) is former professional basketball player in the NBA and the whose career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves. July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Washington, D.C., short for the District of Columbia (locals know the city as the District, DC,—or, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United States of America. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Utah Jazz are a National Basketball Association team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


Bailey attended North Carolina State University and was a key player in the Wolfpacks' miracle run to the 1983 NCAA Championship. That same year, under head coach Jim Valvano, he led Wolfpack in both scoring and rebounds. The Utah Jazz selected him as the 7th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. Jazz management reported that he was selected for the quality of his character, as well as the quality of his game. This was the beginning of 16 years of his playing professional basketball, 12 of those years were with the NBA. North Carolina State University is an institution of higher learning located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946 - April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ... The Utah Jazz are a National Basketball Association team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... 1983 NBA Draft - 28 June 1983 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ...


On November 25, 1991, he was traded by the Jazz along with a 1992 second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Tyrone Corbin. There he played for almost three seasons until 1994, when he left the NBA and played in the Greek league for the 1993-94 season. From 1995 to 1998 he played in the Italian league, before returning to the Jazz as a free agent on January 21, 1999. November 25 is the 329th (in leap years the 330th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... In North American sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has run out and is now free to sign with another team. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


At 6'11", Thurl is often first noticed as a basketball player, but he is a man of as much depth as height. His strong sense of service has led to countless hours of volunteer work and to numerous awards for leadership and contributions to the community. Included in his awards are: the NBA's prestigious Kennedy Community Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children's Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi fraternity's Exemplary Manhood Award, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Champion Award and the Italian League's 1998 All Star Games Most Valuable Player. He has directed basketball camps for youth since 1984 where he teaches young people lessons about life and basketball. Many of his students have special needs including coming from disadvantaged backgrounds or having serious illnesses, and they attend the camps on scholarship.


In addition to professional speaking, Thurl is a broadcast analyst for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah, an actor, and an award winning singer/song writer. His first album, Faith In Your Heart, was a compilation of uplifting songs that won several top awards. His latest CD, I'm Not The Same was released October 2002 with great reviews and is a fusion of original style R&B and Nu Soul. He is a devoted family man and the father of five children. He and his wife Sindi live in Salt Lake City, Utah with their two youngest children. The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U) was established by Mormon leader Brigham Young. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Aerial view of Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...


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Thurl Bailey combines the best qualities of the most requested speakers: he is a celebrity, an athlete, an entertainer and a motivational speaker all wrapped up in one.
Thurl attended North Carolina State University on a basketball scholarship and was a key player in the Wolfpacks’ miracle run to the 1983 NCAA Championship where underdog NC State won the championship playing against the University of Houston’s Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Thurl Bailey "Thurl Big "T" Bailey was born April 7, 1961 in Washington D.C. He grew up in Cedar Heights, Maryland, a small suburban town on the outskirts of the city.
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