Henry Bibby Bio: Stats, UCLA, Relationship & Net Worth

Once the deed is done, what’s hardest is to imprint oneself in others’ memory for the long run! Even after the imprinting is, whether you are a vague memory or the crystal clear one?

Here, let me add a present coach who has been in the arena ever since the early 70s, first as a faint impact but gets stronger with every season, Henry Bibby.

Apparently, Bibby is one of the legendary players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), who had devoted 14 years as an athlete.

During his tenure, Henry has collected experience from five different teams; New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Lancaster Lightning, and San Diego Clippers.

Henry Bibby
Henry Bibby

Following his career, he made an eventual way to the same arena as a coach, who now works for the Tijuana Zonkeys.

Indeed, he wasn’t the “perfect” one that everyone would set their eyes upon; however, he was the “imperfectly perfect” one. 

Quick Facts:

Full NameCharles Henry Bibby
BirthdateNovember 24, 1949
BirthplaceFranklinton, North Carolina
Nick NameBib
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Age73 Years Old
Height6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrown 
Father’s NameCharlie Bibby
Mother’s NameEvelyn Bibby
SiblingsJames (Jim) Blair Bibby
EducationPerson-Albion High School
University of California 
Marital StatusMarried
Wife Virginia Bibby
KidsMike Bibby
Grandchildren; Janae Bibby, Nylah Bibby, Michael Bibby, and Mia Bibby
ProfessionFormer basketball player
PositionPoint Guard
AffiliationsNew York Knicks
New Orleans Jazz
Philadelphia 76ers
Lancaster Lightning
San Diego Clippers
Active Years Playing career (1972-1982)
Coaching career (1981-present)
Jersey Number17,45,15,14,10
Net Worth$3 million
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter
Merch Autographed Topps Card, VHS Tape
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

Henry Bibby | Early Life, Family & Education

Bibby (fully named Charles Henry Bibby was born on November 24, 1949, to parents Evelyn Bibby and Charlie Bibby.

He was born in Franklinton, North Carolina. As for siblings he has an older brother, James (Jim) Blair Bibby.

Apparently, Henry Bibby has lost both his parents. To elaborate, his father passed away in 1983, while his mother passed away in 2003.

Although both of the parents’ death cause was not disclosed, it is heard that Henry’s mother’s health was deteriorating from way early. 

Therefore, at 83, Evelyn took her last breath, and a funeral service was scheduled at First Baptist Church in Franklinton.

Jim Bibby (Brother)

Talking about his older brother, Jim Bibby (October 29, 1944 – February 16, 2010), he was a Major League Baseball pitcher.

Jim had his career from 1972 to 1984, where he pitched for teams such as the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

As a fun fact, Jim was the only graduate of the Fayetteville State University to reach the major leagues.

Notably, he also became part of the 1979 World Series Champions and 1990 Senior Professional Baseball Association during his career.

Additionally, after finishing his career as a pitcher, Jim became a coach, where he spent 16 years as a minor-league pitching coach.

Altogether, on February 16, 2010, Jim Bibby took his last breath in a Lynchburg, Virginia hospital at 65 due to bone cancer.

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Education and Amateur Career 

Henry Bibby attended the Person-Albion High School, and after graduation, he got enrolled in the University of California.

Additionally, it is no surprise that Bibby started early in his sports career. 

To illustrate, Bibby commenced as basketball through his high school’s basketball team and later was a part of the UCLA men’s basketball.

As a freshman at UCLA, Bibby bagged the 1969 MVP Honors alongside guard Andy Hill. 

Following it, Bibby became the starting point guard for the team under head coach John Wooden.

During his tenure, he led the team to three straight NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships in 1970, 1971, and 1972.

Bibby's early career
Bibby’s early career

Till the end of his senior years, Bibby became the All-American, as he was one among the only four to start NCAA championship teams.

Besides, in the 1972 NBA Draft, Bibby was drafted by two groups, the Carolina Cougars and the New York Knicks. However, he opted to play for the New York Knicks.

Henry Bibby | Professional Career

Basketball Career

Henry Bibby was drafted by New York Knicks in the fourth round as the 11th pick and 58th overall.

After two seasons with the Knicks, Bibby went to play with the New Orleans Jazz for two seasons.

Additionally, he was featured in the Philadelphia 76ers for four years and then moved to play with Lancaster Lightning and San Diego Clippers for a single season. 

Altogether, Bibby played in 675 games on average, where he had an average of 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists every season.

Career Stats

Points5,775 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds1,581 (2.3 RPG)
Assists2,259 (3.3 APG)

Coaching Career 

Right after his retirement as a player, Bibby found another line to stay in the NBA as a coach.

Apparently, he first started coaching through the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). 

Bibby commenced as an assistant coach for his former team, Lancaster Lightning, for a year before moving to Arizona Wildcats.

He coached the team for three years, where he first won a CBA championship as an assistant coach.

Following it, as he coached the Winnipeg Thunder, he also worked with various other teams.

He had coached Baltimore Lightning, Springfield Fame, New Jersey Jammers, Savannah Spirits / Tulsa Fast Breakers, and Oklahoma City Cavalry in between the interval.

Later, his breakthrough point as a coach came in 1996 after working with the men’s basketball team at the University of Southern California (USC).

Alongside the team, he posted an overall won-loss record of 131-111 during nine seasons. 

Afterward, he appeared as the Los Angeles Sparks head coach in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) in April 2005.

However, with just 28 games, he moved to the next team, the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach.

Not to mention, Bibby worked for just a season, and the professional team Memphis Grizzlies hired him as an assistant coach.

Following it, he joined the Detroit Pistons, and currently, he works for the Tijuana Zonkeys.

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Replaced by Joe Bryant

After being hired as the head coach for the team Los Angeles Sparks, Henry hired Kobe Bryant’s dad, Joe Bryant as an assistant coach.

Some merely speculated that Kobe must have asked the owner of the team, Dr. Buss, to give his dad a job, or maybe the Lakers wanted Kobe to stay on the team with his best behavior.

However, later there was news that after 28 games, Joe replaced henry and grabbed the post of head coach.

Henry Bibby | Achievements and Honors

Bibby is quite known for his court vision and skill to know the development of the gameplay.

In general, Bibby is more focused on an effective game rather than spectacular gameplay. Not to mention, he is better with the transitions.

Glancing into his career stats, Henry Bibby has maintained 5,775 points, 1,581 rebounds, and 2,259 assists. 

Achievements as a Player

  • NBA champion (1973)
  • 3× NCAA champion (1970–1972)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1972)
  • Second-team All-Pac-8 (1972)

Achievements as a Coach 

  • 2× CBA champion (1982, 1989)
  • USBL Coach of the Year (1986)

Henry Bibby | Net Worth 

As of 2022 Henry Bibby have an estimated net worth of $3 million. Unfortunately, the player hasn’t disclosed his figures in a detailed format. 

The athlete resides in Coachella Valley after he sold his old house in Palm Desert for $620,000. To illustrate, his home was one story amidst the tall palms and lush landscapes. 

Furthermore, it was a French-style designed house with high ceilings with a swimming pool and spa.

As it stood at 2,339 square feet, it included a modern-style kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, three bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms.

Basketball Camp

Henry Bibby not only aims to excel solely professionally but also is inclined to make this world a better place for living.

In 2016, a quick question hit his mind, Where are all the homeless kids?”

Well, this question led him to commit to an inspiring new act. He had noticed the homeless children in downtown Los Angeles long ago but did not take that much into attention.

But one specific day, he surely wondered where they were.

To his knowledge, there were 26,000 homeless kids in Orange Country alone, and he decided to do something warm and helpful for them.

And then, voila, he held a free basketball camp Saturday and Sunday at the Asics Gym in Irvine.

Henry also planned to establish similar camps at USC and EI Segundo as a part of his Henry Bibby Star Athletes program.

Henry Bibby | Personal Life & Relationship 

Bibby is a married man. Actually, to be exact, he is a divorced man. Bibby married a Trinidad and Tobago native girl, Virginia Bibby.

Virginia had been supportive and all alongside him in the days. However, the duo’s marriage fell apart, and they ended up parting ways.

Henry Bibby and Mike Bibby
Henry Bibby and Mike Bibby

However, they do have a son, Mike Bibby, born on May 13, 1978. Furthermore, their parted ways did cause a stir in both’ lives for the time being, and Mike ended up living with his mother. 

Mike Bibby (Son)

Fully named Michael Bibby, Mike is a basketball coach and former player. Following his father’s footsteps, Mike had featured in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He has played for several professional teams including Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks.

As per sources, Mike is not a hall of farmer talent, but yes, he surely does share a massive net worth of $60 million.

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Father-Son Relationship

Apparently, Henry and Mike didn’t have a healthy relationship between them.

To elaborate, Mike gives all his credit to his mother and believes that his father only messed up their lives.

As per the sources, Bibby was absent most of Mike’s childhood, and his mother, Virginia, was the one doing everything for him.

Therefore, he doesn’t regard his father as a part of his family. Additionally, Mike also had open about his parent’s estranged relationship and its effects on him and his career.

Having said this, in 2002, the father and son made amends and are now together a bit. 

Indeed, it took time for their relationship to heal and also took dark years. Finally, they started making calls, exchanging gifts, and kinds of stuff.

As explained by Henry, he wanted to save his relationship with his son at any cost and now even shares gifts with his grandchildren. 

“I sent his kids some gifts; I let them know I loved them. And, I kept reaching out, and Mike started reaching back. Also, I knew one thing for sure. I would always be his dad.”
-Henry Bibby

Social Media Presence :

Unfortunately, Henry Bibby doesn’t have a social media account for his personal life.

However, a Twitter handle and Instagram account named Henry Bibby Star Athletes was created to help homeless and at-risk youth.

Instagram: 519 Followers 

Twitter: 106 Followers 

Some FAQs:

Is Henry Bibby a Hall of Famer?

No, Henry Bibby hasn’t been inducted into any hall of fame to date.

What was his career statistic like?

During his tenure at UCLA, Henry Bibby maintained stats of 90 goals, an average of 14.4 points, 44.3 field goal percentage, and 82.3 free throw percentage. 

Has Henry Bibby filed a lawsuit against the Champions Basketball League?

Well, much detailed and clarified information could not be retrieved, but there was news that retired NBA players Earl Monroe and Henry Bibby have filed a case against the Champions League.

The lawsuit alleges the startup league to have defrauded investors in excess of $5 million for the basketball outfit that was mended for aging stars who were not ready to retire.

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