Taylorville's Brian James has had a truly incredible career in basketball, from Christian County to the NBA where he coached Michael Jordan. WAND Sports introduces a multi-part series celebrating James' many experiences, which includes a virtually unprecedented leap from the high school level to the NBA and now the Big Ten.

Part 1: Early beginnings

- How he got his first job in the NBA (1995-96 Pistons)

- Volunteering for the Bulls in the 80s

- How he met and befriended Doug Collins at ISU

- Taylorville pride and his coaching tenure there

Part 2: 1997 All-Star Game, MJ and Pistons

- NBA All-Star Game in 1997

- MJ turns on jets when he realizes stakes of game

- Grant Hill: Could he have been a Top 10 all-time player?

Part 3: Getting recruited to Wizards by MJ

Part 4: Raptors and 76ers

- Drafting Vince Carter when he was with the Raptors

- Coaching Andre Iguodala with the 76ers

Part 5: Coaching MJ

- Washington Wizards

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