James Donaldson

James Donaldson, author of Standing Above the Crowd, established The Donaldson Clinic in January 1990 (shortly after a career threatening knee injury) with an idea that he would eventually become a physical therapist.  He is a strong advocate for Women & Minority owned businesses and is very involved with various Chambers of Commerce.  He understands what it takes to sustain a strong business environment that is conducive to the success of businesses overall.

James is a Washington State University graduate (’79).  After an outstanding basketball career with WSU, he went on to play professional basketball in the N.B.A. with the Seattle Supersonics, San Diego/L.A. Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz.  He also played for several teams in Spain, Italy and Greece of the European Leagues plus toured with The Harlem Globetrotters to wrap up his career.  James was an N.B.A. All-Star in 1988 while playing center for the Dallas Mavericks.  In 2006, James was inducted into the Pac – 10 Sports Hall of Fame and also the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  In 2010, James was elected as a board member for the NBRPA.

He now devotes the majority of his time to various community activities, and toward the operations of The Donaldson Clinic.  James frequently conducts speaking engagements (motivational, inspirational, educational) for organizations, schools, youth groups and is the author of the soon to be published “Standing Above the Crowd” of which you can learn more about at and is available for pre-sale now.

In 2009, James was a candidate for the office of Mayor for the city of Seattle.  He had a strong 4th place finish in a crowded field of 8 candidates.  It was the first time that James has run for an elected office in the world of politics and he will work closely with several elected officials in regards to politics, youth and educational issues in Seattle.

In 2010, James was the recipient of the NBA Legends of Basketball ABC Award which is awarded to the person who is recognized for outstanding contributions in Athletics – Business – Community.

James is a long time resident of the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.  He believes in being a role model of success and professionalism for the scores of young people that he devotes so much of his time to.  He currently serves on several Boards and/or committees and is a member of many organizations. (Please see complete listing on back)

James believes in developing relationships that create a “Win – Win” environment for everyone involved, and being the best he can be!