Duke basketball releases heartwarming movie on legendary family

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The Duke basketball team released a movie on one of the most beloved families in program history.

Continuing to dabble in the documentary and motion picture business, the Duke basketball program once again proved why it has the best video team in the country.

Following releasing a mini-movie for its annual Countdown to Craziness, which was unable to be held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Blue Devils dropped another short film on one of the most beloved families in Duke history.

It did not take long for Tyus Jones and his family to become legends in the eyes of those who bleed blue, but the Jones family did not take center stage in Durham until Tre Jones arrived.

Tyus, the eldest of the two brothers to attend Duke, led the Blue Devils to a 2015 National Championship, in which he hit big shot after big shot en route to capturing the title.

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The last team to win a championship under Mike Krzyzewski had one of the most raucous parent sections in recent memory, notably led by Chukwudi Okafor, the father of Jahlil Okafor.

However, Debbie Jones, the mother of Tyus Jones, was also a major force in that support group for Duke, but tragedy struck the Jones family during Tre’s freshman season in 2018-19 when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The short movie shows the toughness and perseverance of the Jones family and the admiration for those who are the closest to them.

How the iconic Duke basketball family continues to persevere

Despite all the hardships, both Tre and Tyus Jones have reached the NBA, as the youngest brother was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and will be competing in the same division as Tyus.

Tyus Jones was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and sent to his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves in a draft-day trade, where he spent four years before signing a free-agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies last offseason.

Both Jones brothers have incredible relationships with all those shown in the video, but the relationship formed between Jimmy Butler and Tyus Jones was something special as the All-Star was disgruntled and on his way out the door in the Twin Cities.

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Butler then formed a relationship with Debbie and Tre, through Tyus, and even charted a private plane for Tyus to travel to Indianapolis to watch Tre’s first college game against Kentucky.

Jimmy Butler even made an appearance to see Jones and the Blue Devils play Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden during his freshman season.

Regardless of what college basketball team you are a fan of, it’s tough not to root for the Jones family as their story is not over yet and will only continue to get better.

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