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Video: Thurl Bailey on coach Jim Valvano’s legacy

Thurl Bailey looked younger than the nearly 30 years that have passed since his North Carolina State team shocked the nation and Phi Slamma Jamma Houston with its upset in the 1983 NCAA title game.

Bailey, who’s on the board of directors for the National Basketball Retired Players Association, was in Chicago on Thursday to speak on behalf of the charitable organization.

Bailey said the Wolfpack team recently reunited to film an ESPN “30 for 30” that will premiere in March on NCAA Selection Sunday. The 15-year retired NBA player talked about the legacy of N.C. State coach Jim Valvano during “Jimmy V Week.”

“He wasn’t just a coach to us; he was a great mentor,” he said. “He could motivate anybody. As you look at what he accomplished in life, and now what he’s accomplished in death, that’s an incredible human being.”

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