Immediately after his basketball playing days were done, Tim James was never one to tout his exploits at Miami (FL) or the two seasons he spent in the NBA. There was no place for bragging about his athletic accomplishments in the Army.
“To be able to support and defend freedom gives me great joy,” James told The Miami Herald’s Dan Le Batard in 2008, shortly after being deployed to Iraq. “I wake up every day knowing I’m doing something important with my life.”
James was honorably discharged in 2011 with the rank of Corporal. He spent his first year back in civilian life as the men’s basketball coach at Vance-Granville Community College in Louisburg, NC, during the 2011-2012 season.
With the Hurricanes, James was the 1999 Co-Big East Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-Big East performer. His No. 40 jersey is one of just two retired by the Miami program.
The No. 25 Hurricanes host top-ranked Duke on Wednesday night. Tim James profile