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James, Jerome
Background
THE SIGNING: Quoting president, basketball operations Isiah Thomas: “When I looked at Jerome the first thing I looked at was his shot-blocking ability, his ability to clog up the middle. He gives you a defensive presence. It was what we lacked last year. We needed size, we needed girth, we needed a space-eater. We also needed some intimidation in the middle.”. . .Quoting Jerome: "At this point of my career I wanted to move to the next level. I'm very comfortable playing the supporting role, but I not only wanted to hold myself accountable for what I feel I can bring but I also wanted an organization to demand more from me. The Knicks presented me that opportunity."

AS A PROFESSIONAL: Veteran center joins Knicks as free agent signee for his sixth NBA season, following four years in Seattle capped by standout performance in 2005 Playoffs. . .Career averages of 4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.29 bpg and .493 shooting over 15.2 mpg. . .Has started 160 of his 268 career games (including 80 starts for Sonics in 2004-05). . .Originally drafted by Sacramento, then returned to NBA following two-year absence for four seasons with Sonics. . .Seventh on all-time Sonics career list in blocked shots (339). . .Has six career 10+ rebound games and two double-doubles. . .On 2005 NBA Playoff leader board, ranked tenth in blocks (1.82) and 11th in FG pct. (.514). . .Missed entire 1999-2000 season due to knee surgery, then played in Europe in 2000-01. . .Early Entry candidate in 1998 NBA Draft following junior season at Florida A&M. . .Selected in second round (36th overall) by Sacramento in 1998 NBA Draft.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Jerome needs 32 games played for 300 career, 923 minutes played for 5,000 career, 64 rebounds for 1,000 career, 155 blocks for 500 career and 683 points for 2,000 career.

2004-05 (Sonics): In fourth and final season in Seattle, Jerome authored his busiest and most consistent NBA season, capped by standout Playoff performance. . .Appeared in 80 games (all starts) and logged 1,330 total minutes, all career highs. . .Averaged 4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.39 bpg, shooting a career-best .509 from the field (174-342 FGA) over 16.6 mpg . . .Went 47-65 FTA for a career-best .723 FT pct. (after entering the season as a .591 career FT shooter). . .Led Sonics in total blocks (111) and blocks per game (1.39) for the third time in his four Seattle seasons. . .Season Highs: Points: 22 (March 29 at Memphis); Assists: 2, four times; Rebounds: 7, four times. . .Had 13 double-figure scoring games, with career-high 22 points (9-11 FGA) at Memphis, March 29, 2005. . .Season-high seven rebounds four times. . .Notched five blocks (one shy of career high) on Jan 11, 2005 vs. Clippers. Also had five four-block games. . .Logged 20+ minutes 24 times. . .DQd five times. . .Turned in eye-opening Playoff performance vs. Kings and Spurs, starting all 11 Sonics post-season contests with 12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.82 bpg over 26.8 mpg, shooting .514 (57-111 FGA) from the field. . .On final NBA Playoff leader board, finished tenth in blocks (1.82) and 11th in FG pct. (.514). . .Had eight double-figure point games and one double-double in the Playoffs. . .Averaged 17.2 ppg (second on team to Ray Allen’s 32.4) and team-high 9.4 rpg with 36-62 FGA (.581) over 32.2 mpg in first-round triumph over Kings. . .Scored 17 points with Playoff career highs 15 rebounds and five blocks in Game One (April 23, 2005). . .Playoff career best 22 points (9-14 FGA) in Game Three (April 29, 2005). . .Notched 8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg and shot 21-49 FGA (.429) over 22.3 mpg in six-game Conference Semifinal loss to Spurs. . .Became free agent on July 1, 2005; signed w/Knicks on August 2, 2005.

YEAR-BY-YEAR: 1998-99 (Kings): Came off the bench in 16 games in rookie NBA season, with 1.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg and .375 shooting (9-24 FGA) over 2.6 mpg in limited action. . .Season-highs five points at San Antonio, Feb 5, 1999; four rebounds vs. Denver, April 17, 1999. . .DNP (CD) 34 times. . .Appeared in one game (4 min, 5 pts) in first-round Playoff loss to Utah. . .Kings renounced contract rights, August 1, 1999.

1999-2000: Sidelined for entire season due to knee injury suffered in Kings’ 1999 summer mini-camp. . .Unable to return to action following knee surgery. . .Re-signed w/Kings as a free agent on Oct 1, 2000; waived on Oct 20, 2000.

2000-01 (Europe): Spent the entire campaign in Europe. . .Started the season with Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna in the Italian A-1 League. . .Signed by KK Buducnost Podgorica in Yugoslavia, and averaged 12.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 10 games. . .Member of the 2001 Yugoslav National Cup championship team. . .Finished the year with ASVEL Villeurbanne in the Pro A French National League. . .Signed as a free agent by Sonics, Sept 5, 2001.

2001-02 (Sonics): Returned to NBA following a two-year absence, averaging 5.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg and .491 shooting over 16.9 mpg in 56 games (40 starts) in first of four seasons in Seattle. . .Led Sonics in blocked shots (86 total, 1.54 bpg). . .Led Sonics in rebounds five times. . .Had nine double-figure scoring games and one double-double. . .Season highs 18 points and 12 rebounds at Toronto, Feb 24, 2002 (first career double-double; career-best 12 boards). . .Notched a career-high six blocked shots vs. Clippers, March 16, 2002. . .DNP (CD) six times. . .Missed 20 games due to injury (sprained right foot; injured list Nov 19-Dec 29). . .Appeared in all five games (one start) in first round Playoff loss to Spurs, with 3.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and .391 shooting over 14.0 mpg.

2002-03 (Sonics): Averaged career-highs 5.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg, shooting .478 from the field over 15.0 mpg in 51 games (16 starts). . .Led Sonics in blocks for second straight season (82 total, 1.61 bpg). . .Led Sonics in rebounds five times. . .Notched eight double-figure scoring games and one double-double. . .Season-highs 13 points twice; 10 rebounds three times. . .Missed a total of 28 games due to injury. . .Sidelined for 27 games due to plantar fasciitis/stress fracture, right foot (Nov 8-Jan 3). . .Also missed one game in March w/right knee tendinitis.

2003-04 (Sonics): Notched 5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.92 bpg and shot .498 from the field over 15.2 mpg in 65 games (24 starts). . .Led Sonics in rebounds nine times. . .Had nine double-figure scoring games. . .Season highs 16 points vs. Grizzlies, Jan 9, 2004; 10 rebounds vs. Warriors, Jan 22, 2004. . .Missed season’s last nine games (March 30-April 14, injured list) due to abdominal strain.

AS A COLLEGIAN: Averaged 16.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 4.48 bpg and .495 shooting over 81 games in three-year college career at Florida A&M. . .Finished college career among Top 20 (15th all-time) in NCAA history with 363 career blocked shots. . .Ranked 16th among Florida A&M’s all-time career scorers (1,292 pts) and seventh among rebounders (743). . .Two-time Black College All-American and two-time All-MEAC honoree (1996-97 and 1997-98). . .Had 37 double-doubles as a collegian. . .Career-highs 19.9 ppg and 10.4 rpg in final (junior) year in 1997-98. . .Career-high 38 points vs. Delaware State on Feb 24, 1997; career best 21 rebounds vs. Howard on Jan 5, 1998. . .Led NCAA Division I players in blocks (4.63 bpg, school record 125 total blocks) in 1997-98. . .In prior season, had a career-high 11 blocks vs. Morgan State on Feb 17, 1997. . .Sat out 1994-95 season (academically ineligible). . .Opted for Early Entry in 1998 NBA Draft following junior season.


Personal

PERSONAL: Jerome Keith James. . . Nicknamed “Big JJ”. . . Majored in pre-law at Florida A&M. . . Did not play organized basketball before attending Florida A&M because he went to work right out of high school. . . Played for Harlem Globetrotters on a nine-country European tour in the fall of 1998 (joins legendary Sweetwater Clifton as Knicks who also played for Globetrotters). Dunked at a height of 11 feet, 4 inches during a tour dunk contest in Tampere, Finland. . . Enjoys bowling. . . Hobbies include carpentry and fixing televisions and stereos. . .Favorite actor is Denzel Washington. . . Wears a size 22 shoe.
Home Career Season & Totals Season Splits Game Logs Bio
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Chandler, Wilson POS:21 -Forward
Collins, Mardy POS:25 -Guard
Crawford, Jamal POS:11 -Guard
Curry, Eddy POS:34 -Center
James, Jerome POS:13 -Center
Jeffries, Jared POS:20 -Forward
Jones, Fred POS:2 -Guard
Lee, David POS:42 -Forward
Marbury, Stephon POS:3 -Guard
Morris, Randolph POS:33 -Center
Randolph, Zach POS:50 -Forward
Richardson, Quentin POS:23 -Forward-Guard
Robinson, Nate POS:4 -Guard
Rose, Malik POS:31 -Forward
 
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