NBA Champion, and Shocker legend, Fred VanVleet will be in town for at least the opening night of TBT at Charles Koch Arena on July 16th. Schedule depending, he could be in town longer. VanVleet will not play in the tournament, but will be hanging out with the AfterShocks, a Wichita State dominated alumni team.
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Dwyane Wade: I don’t know If more guys will play in this league or not but having platforms like the Big 3 and also TBT is definitely intriguing and looks fun to be apart of. The camaraderie in the locker room and the team spirit of the sport is what you miss most. So anything is possible✊🏿
Dwyane Wade: Yes Joe Johnson can get 20 points in his sleep in the NBA right now on a winning team if he wanted. Not every night but off the bench not many guys could guard him in the 2nd unit @thetournament
Former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet has re-entered unrestricted free agency after a teammate in The Basketball Tournament tested positive for COVID-19 at the start of the month. Thabeet, 33, was set to compete with the “Playing for Jimmy V” team during the annual tournament, but event rules mandate that any team who receives a positive test be disqualified from competing in the bracket any further. Thabeet tested negative for the coronavirus, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
With Major League Baseball scheduled to start play July 23 or 24, the NBA scheduled to resume play outside Orlando, Fla., July 30 and the NHL yet to determine its restart date, The Basketball Tournament will become a test case for the safety of spectator-free contact sports played in quarantined conditions, though its single-elimination format makes the comparison to leagues resuming regular seasons imprecise. Losing teams will depart immediately, without returning to the hotel. The maximum stay in Columbus is 14 days. “A single-elimination tournament eliminates so many ‘touch points,’ ” Jon Mugar, the tournament’s founder, said.
Team members will be tested three days before they travel to Columbus, immediately upon their arrival and three and five days into quarantine. Vault, a private firm, is handling testing. “Four consecutive negative tests for everyone on the team means that team is cleared for competition and will play,” Mugar said.
Sean Marshall, a former Boston College guard from Rialto Eisenhower High who leads and plays for Team Challenge ALS, suggested players have their own rooms, rather than doubling up. “Guys were a little concerned about the procedures they were going to take to keep everyone safe, but it really does sound like they have an unbelievable plan they put together to protect everyone,” he said. “I think everyone feels comfortable.”
On the same day Jim Boeheim landed a prize recruit, so did Boeheim’s Army with former SU star Donte Greene signing up for another tour of duty. Greene becomes the fourth former first-round NBA draft pick to join the 8-man roster, joining Tyler Lydon, Malachi Richardson, and Chris McCullough. The 28th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft also played for the Army in 2017, when the team made a run all the way to the TBT Final Four.
JD Shaw: Six-year NBA veteran Terrence Jones (@Terrence Jones) has signed with Team Washington for TBT 2020. Jones has made past NBA stops with Houston, New Orleans and Milwaukee since being drafted 18th overall back in 2012.
With news breaking that The Basketball Tournament will in fact go on this summer, Boeheim’s Army continues to add talent. This includes former Syracuse basketball forward Chris McCullough.
The addition of McCullough is especially crucial for Boeheim’s Army, as he gives them their first true big man. McCullough joins a guard heavy roster of John Gillon, Eric Devendorf, Brandon Triche, and Malachi Richardson. Demetris Nichols and Tyler Lydon have also already signed up to participate.
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.
Kyle Neubeck: A summary of Philly’s depth problem last year: Jonathon Simmons, who was fighting for a spot in the Sixers’ playoff rotation four-ish months ago, is currently playing in the TBT game on ESPN right now
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.
That leads us to present day, here in #TBT2016, where we doubled the prize money to $2 million, and naturally have beefed up on the stars as well. John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis, Rudy Gay, JaVale McGee, Courtney Lee, Chandler Parsons, Austin Rivers, Sam Dekker, Greg Monroe, CJ McCollum, Trevor Ariza, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Thomas Robinson, Alec Burks, Eric Maynor, Will Barton, Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, Emmanuel Mudiay, Shaun Livingston, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson all to participate in #TBT2016.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac has agreed on a three-year, $33 million extension, his agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman of @excelbasketball tell ESPN. The Clippers declined his $7.5M team option for 2022-2023, clearing the way for Zubac’s new deal.
Law Murray: Source confirms to @Theathletic that LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac is getting a raise. 3-year, $33 million. @Wojespn first. No options, fully guaranteed, hits market 2025. Not trade eligible this offseason. Longest-tenured Clipper returns as unquestioned starting center.
Tim Cato: I’ll add to the chorus: the Mavericks have had a belief for at least the past couple weeks, multiple sources tell me, that Jalen Brunson would sign with the Knicks. at this point, it’s seen as a certainty.
James Edwards III: Sources: The Pistons will not pick up the team options of Frank Jackson, Luka Garza and Carsen Edwards. Additionally, Detroit’s two two-way guys are Braxton Key and Buddy Boeheim, so Jamorko Pickett no longer holds one of those spots.
Matthew Tynan: Spurs have announced their Summer League roster. Joshua Primo, Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley will all be in Las Vegas.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that guard James Bouknight underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair a tendon in his fifth digit on his right hand. The surgery was performed by Dr. Brandon Valentine at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital in consultation with Hornets team physician Dr. Marcus Cook. Bouknight will not participate in the 2022 NBA Summer League.
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