Shock’s Jones returns to Tulsa for book signing

Tulsa Shock guard Marion Jones will be returning to Tulsa on Thursday for a book signing. Jones, who finished the Shock’s inaugural season strong with 32 points in the final three games, will be on handalt Thursday evening at Borders to sign copies of her autobiography titled On the Right Track. The book was released on October 26.

According to publisher Simon and Schuster, On the Right Track is "the candidly told story of how Marion came to grips with her lies and the consequences of her actions, and how she found meaning in all of it."

Jones won five medals during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In September, 2000 after admitting she lied to federal investigators about the use of a performance-enhancing drug, she voluntarily returned all her Olympic medals.

Jones got a chance at redemption after signing with the Shock prior to the beginning of the 2010 WNBA season. Jones was also a standout basketball player at the University of North Carolina where she was a member of the 1994 national championship team. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2003 WNBA draft, but never played for that team.

At the age of 30, she became the only WNBA rookie over the age of 30. Jones saw limited playing time early in the season, but Head Coach Nolan Richardson was encouraged with the improvement she displayed throughout the year. He rewarded her with a starting position in the final game of the season, and she posted the best results of her WNBA career with a 14-point night.

"She’s been proving herself every time she hits the floor, she’s been a delight for me," Richardson said after the Shock’s 84-71 season-ending win over the Chicago Sky on August 21 at the BOK Center.

Shock season ticket holders will receive an exclusive 20-percent discount on Jones’ book during the event that is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHAT: Marion Jones book signing

WHERE: Borders Book Store, 2740 East 21st Street

WHEN: Thursday, November 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo by Kevin Pyle