ok, just saw that jones was taken and I need a scorer so....
World B. Free
(born Lloyd B. Free
on December 9
in Savannah, Georgia
) is an American
former professional basketball
player who played in the NBA
from 1975-1988. Free was known as the "Prince of Midair" as well as "All-World".
Free attended Canarsie High School
in Brooklyn, New York
before attending Guilford College
in North Carolina
. As a freshman he led Guilford's basketball team and helped the team win the NAIA
National Championship and was named MVP of the NAIA Tournament.
He played for the San Diego Clippers
, Philadelphia 76ers
, Golden State Warriors
, Cleveland Cavaliers
and Houston Rockets
in the National Basketball Association
. He got his name from his days in Brooklyn
, where a friend nicknamed him "World" because of his 44-inch vertical leaps and 360-degree dunks. He was known for taking high-risk shots and playing flamboyantly.
For both the 1978-79
campaigns, George Gervin
and Free were number 1 and 2 in the league in scoring. Free averaged 20.3 points per game over 13 seasons in the NBA. His best season was 1980
with the Clippers, averaging 30.2 points per game, second-most in the league, as well as 4.2 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 68 games. He was an All-Star
that season as well in 1980.
Free also played in the United States Basketball League
(USBL) for the Miami Tropics. He was USBL Man of The Year in 1986 and the Miami Tropics won the championship. His USBL stint took place the summer before Free went to the Houston Rockets for the 1987-88
season, which was his last NBA season. For Free, the highlight of that season was November 12
, when he scored 38 points against the Sacramento Kings
at Arco Arena
and brought the Rockets back to win the game.
, he had his first name legally changed to World.
Currently Free is community relations director for the Philadelphia 76ers
or otherwise known as "Ambassador of Basketball," where, among other things, he greets fans at 76ers home games in his flamboyant/colorful wardrobe.
On November 30
, World B. Free was honored as a Cleveland Cavaliers Legend at halftime of the Cavalier game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
uses his name in college basketball season previews to give the award for best name.
, the Philadelphia 76ers announced World B. Free will assume additional duties as director of player development.