MIAMI -- It was the ugliest scene in NBA history. The 2004 brawl between Indiana and Detroit resulted in nine players being suspended a total of 146 games and the league getting a serious black eye.
But at least one positive story emerged from the brawl.
His name is James Jones.
After being a second-round pick by the Pacers in 2003, Jones played in a meager six games as a rookie. The 2004-05 season started pretty much the same way, with the 6-foot-8 swingman languishing on the bench.
Then came the "Malice at the Palace" on Nov. 19, 2004, when Jones played five minutes in the ninth game of the season. After all hell broke loose that night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Pacers had five players suspended, including small forward Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) for the remainder of the season and shooting guard Stephen Jackson for 30 games. Those two wings played ahead of Jones.
With the Pacers seriously depleted, Jones got his chance. He went on to play well enoug...