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The Basketball Tournament, the 64-team, $2 million winner-take-all summer tournament entering its seventh season, will change the rules to reduce the chances of a game ending on free throws, tournament officials told ESPN. If a team commits a foul while in the bonus during the Elam Ending -- which has teams play to a target score rather than to the end of a clock -- the other team will get only one foul shot, rather than two, and retain possession of the ball, said Jonathan Mugar, TBT's founder and CEO.
The change comes after the NBA used a version of the Elam Ending for the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago, which ended when Anthony Davis sank a free throw to take Team LeBron to the target score. The main goal of the Elam Ending, created by Ball State professor Nick Elam, was to eliminate intentional fouls by teams trailing down the stretch.
Welcome to The Basketball Tournament, where Chris Paul is listed as the coach of Team CP3 — and it doesn’t matter what that actually means. “Just, the way we operate, if my name is on it I’m going to be there,” Paul said after his team beat Power of the Paw, a Clemson alumni team, 73-68 in the second round of TBT. “I actually look forward to this. We called Jon (Adams) and were like, ‘Yo, we’re putting a team in the TBT.’ We said ‘we,’ it’s us, we, all of us as a family.”
During the first game, Paul sat in the stands and signed autographs and joked with players. Paul’s son, Chris Paul II, tracked down rebounds for Team CP3 during warmups — despite sporting a cast on his forearm. Before Paul went to the locker room to prepare for the game, he was joined in the stands by Coby White, the seventh overall pick in June by the Chicago Bulls.
Former Kentucky Wildcat and four-time NBA All-Star Demarcus Cousins returned to Lexington for The Basketball Tournament but this time as a general manager. Cousins is the GM for the Loyalty is Love team -- the No. 1 seed in the TBT Lexington regional. For Cousins, being back in the Bluegrass State for Cousins is a bit of a throwback. "I feel like I'm 18 years old again with the love I've received since I've been here," Cousins said.
"I've always had a dream of putting together my own team in a general manager role. So this is kind of a test run for me," Cousins said. "I think I put together a pretty decent team together. So, we'll see what happens from here." In terms of his team, Loyalty is Love includes former Baylor standout and NBA first-round pick Isaiah Austin and Cousins' former UK teammate and first-round pick Daniel Orton.
Frederick Douglass High School’s gym will be awash in former Kentucky players this summer as one of eight regional sites for the $2 million “The Basketball Tournament” with DeMarcus Cousins recently announced as head coach for one of the teams. Cousins, who recently was announced as a nominee for the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, was announced Wednesday as the coach of the Puma-sponsored Team Loyalty Is Love. Cousins is apparently the first announced member.
The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event in which former pros and reunited college teams compete for $2 million, is expanding to China in a partnership with former NBA All-Star Yao Ming. Yao and Beijing Starz International Sports Management Co. will help launch a tournament next year in China, according to tournament co-founder Jon Mugar. The Chinese version will be modeled after the U.S. tournament, in which teams gain free entry through social-media support and the most active fans share in the prize money.
The field for The Basketball Tournament -- a $2 million, winner-take-all event -- has been announced, and more than 50 former NBA players will participate. The field had 97 teams a year ago, but TBT founder/CEO Jonathan Mugar decided to pare it to 64 in an effort to make it more competitive and also eliminate bye rounds.
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