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Randolph shares his NBA experience at the Junior Longhorn Basketball Game

Ty Randolph pretty much started in obscurity only to work at the highest level in professional basketball.
Randolph shared some of his life journey last Tuesday at the Junior Longhorn Basketball Camp at JCHS and was a big hit with the kids.
Randolph played for Virginia Intermont before going on to the Harlem Globetrotters. Then Randolph worked his way up through the coaching ranks where he made a stop in Kingsport at Sullivan North before becoming a player development director with first the Detroit Pistons and now the Charlotte Bobcats.
“I wanted to show them that you have to have a work ethic and to set plans and goals no matter whether it is professional sports or being a school teacher or a doctor. I told them to set goals and that they can be reached.”
Twenty years ago, the Globetrotters were a big deal and there were even several players from the ETSU glory days teams of the late 80s and early 90s on the squad. Surprisingly, not many of the kids asked Randolph about the Globetrotters but he said they were more enamored with him being a part of the Bobcats.
“The NBA is at its prime right now and the Globetrotters are kind of seasonal type thing,” Randolph said. “They're very excited about the NBA and that is good.”
Right now Randolph's boss is Michael Jordan as he has gone from coaching in the Watauga Conference to working in the NBA.
It's something that Randolph feels very fortunate to be a part of.
“I've been blessed, but I think it comes with hard work,” Randolph said. “When you put in the hard work you can be pretty successful at what you're doing. I definitely enjoyed my time at North, but there is a difference.
Randolph is very familiar with the JCHS program and head coach Austin Atwood. He knows how tough it is to get a win at Shoun Gym.
“They've taken very good care of me here,” Randolph said. “I've known Austin for years and I remember the last time we played it was a dogfight to get out of here with a win.”
Randolph's focus these days is working with the Bobcats and for his boss, Michael Jordan.
“He's a great person off and on the court and I don't think you could ask for a better class-act type person,” Randolph said. “Right now I'm working with Kwame Brown who was drafted No. 1 in 2001. It's a unique experience every day. It's a special type of job.”
Randolph doesn't sit on the bench during the games, but instead has a seat in the stands with his family.
The Bobcats are improving every day and are on the verge of being a playoff team.
After seeing what small market teams like Oklahoma City and Memphis have done this year and what the Orlando Magic have done in the past, Randolph knows there is hope for small market teams like Charlotte.
“It's just a matter of putting the pieces together,” Randolph said. “I think we have the cap room now to make a lot of things happen. You're going to go through your ups and downs as an organization, but the biggest thing is trying to maintain it.”
Randolph is living a dream and he wants these kids he spoke to last week to follow those.
“You have to be a good student to get a shot in college and then you have to be able to study the game,” he said. “Coaches like Coach Atwood and some of the guys I know throughout the country, you have to work with those guys. A lot of the times when we're younger we know it all and the coaches have been there and done that so you have to listen to your coaches.”