Alex Tyus Rumors
It’s called “The Basketball Tournament,” and the simplicity is the winner-take-all $1 million format. Basically, as long as you’re not involved with the NBA at the time, you’re good to go, with the 97-team event opening July 10, the latter stages to be televised by ESPN. From a Heat perspective, among those to surface for the event include 2006 championship point guard Jason Williams, former Heat bit players Jamario Moon and Mike James, and, yes, even Smush Parker. Williams heads a Gators alumni team that also is scheduled to feature Erik Murphy, Matt Walsh, Alex Tyus and Lee Humphrey. Former Heat guard Mike Bibby has also been added to that mostly Gators squad.
The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination event in which the winning team will earn $1 million, will feature more than 40 former NBA players, including Royce White, Nate Robinson and Brian Scalabrine. The event began a year ago with a prize of $500,000 and featured 55 teams. This season, the field will include 97 teams after the open application process closed last week. The tournament will begin July 10-12, and the field will be split up into four regions: Philadelphia (Northeast), Atlanta (South), Chicago (Midwest) and Los Angeles (West).
According to sources the Miami Heat, among other teams, expressed interest in Tyus and were open to audition the 6-foot-9 big man in training camp. One official for the Heat was in Israel last season when Tyus bullied Serbian club Partizan Belgrade with 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting, and nine rebounds in 19 minutes. However, under contract with Maccabi, talks were terminated in a flash.
Though Maccabi’s roster is stacked with talent: former Cavs, Grizzlies and Sixers guard Jeremy Pargo (Agency: Priority Sports); defensive specialist guard Marquez Haynes; ex-Olympian Australian center Aleks Maric; skilled wing Sylven Landesberg, and 6-foot-5 veteran forward Devin Smith, who could’ve been a perfect glue-guy in an NBA system like the San Antonio Spurs — Tyus has the most NBA upside. “The NBA is all about opportunity and getting a chance. I never got mine because of the NBA lockout and my pursuit of Israeli passport,” Tyus told Eurobasket.
(Alex) Tyus has officially chosen who will be helping him reach the next level. He will have Happy Walters and Rogue Sports represent him. As someone who is not guaranteed to be a draft pick, Tyus will need Happy and his crew to promote Tyus’ strengths whenever given the chance to do so. I have no doubt that they will do a good job in that respect.