We are officially in the dog days of summer. The Cavaliers season is over and the closest thing we have to actual basketball action is GM David Griffin trying to navigate the Collective Bargaining Agreement like one of those Super Mario Bros. speed runs. Luckily we have The Basketball Tournament to fill more of the hoops vacuum between Summer League and training camp in late July.
This year, the tournament field includes 97 teams competing for a $1 million prize. The teams will battle to advance out of four different regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West. The Final Four of the tournament will air on ESPN, while many of the regional semifinals and finals will air on ESPNU.
The field is loaded with former Cavaliers and other talented names, headlined by the reigning champions, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, featuring Luke Harangody. They also feature players like Ben Hansbrough, Eric Atkins, and Tim Abromaitis.
Former Cavalier Kevin Jones and his West Virgina teammate Darryl "Truck" Bryant are playing for Reach 1 Teach 1, which is a non-profit that helps inner city New York youth. Gerald Iman and Ben Strong from the New York Knicks NBADL affiliate will be playing along with Jones. Grantland also fields a team led by Brian Scalabrine and featuring Jason Williams, Garrick Sherman, and Mike Bibby.
In a supreme blast from the Cavalier past, Jamario Moon headlines the Trained to Go team. Along with other NBA contributors Damien Wilkins and Kevin Murphy, Trained to Go looks poised to compete. Other Cavs players are in the field, and they are on quite talented teams, too. Alex Kirk's Armored Athlete, is a team that might fly under the radar. This roster is full of talented players such as Kirk, former Indiana Hoosier Will Sheehey, Christian Watford, and Jordan Hulls.
Set aside some time for nostalgia and look at the team list here. It might have the answer to the age old question, "What ever happened to that guy?"