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The Basketball Tournament again features plenty of local flavor

The Basketball Tournament again features plenty of local flavor

Two million dollars is up for grabs.

The winner-take-all, single-elimination, 64-team tournament known as simply The Basketball Tournament (or TBT) is back for its fourth year.

Final rosters were announced on Tuesday with the opening rounds set to kick off July 8-9 in Philadelphia and Charlotte. 

Philadelphia University will again be used as a host site. That's not the only Philly flavor as TBT is set to feature a variety of former NBA players and collegiate studs, many of whom starred for Big 5 schools and other local colleges.

Villanova will be well-represented in the tournament. Nine of the 10 players on Team SuperNova played for the Wildcats and will be led by former consensus first-team All-American Scottie Reynolds. Other members of the team include Reggie Redding and Corey Fisher, who helped 'Nova reach the 2009 Final Four, as well as 2016 national champion Darryl Reynolds. Team SuperNova will be coached by former Wildcats guard Mike Nardi.

Former Sixers and Villanova guard, Maalik Wayns, will try to push Philly-led Team FOE to the championship this summer. The squad's GM is Philly native and current Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris.

Eight-year NBA veteran and South Jersey product Jason Thompson will be suiting up in hopes of leading his team to the coveted $2 million prize with his squad of mostly Rider University products.

Players from just about every city school will be participating during TBT, including David Hawkins (Temple, City of Gods), Aaron Brown (Saint Joseph's, Sideline Cancer), Jermaine Thomas (La Salle, DC on Point) and Phil Goss (Drexel, City of Gods).

For a closer look at all of the rosters, schedule and other information, visit thetournament.com.

Twitter roasts the heck out of Markelle Fultz's brutal free throws

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Twitter roasts the heck out of Markelle Fultz's brutal free throws

Oh man, oh man, oh man. It's finally here. The 2017-18 Sixers season is underway with our squad locked in a pretty tightly contested game down in Washington after a quarter of play.

We've already seen Joel Embiid attempt to destroy the world -- and get fouled.

But the most buzzed about moment from the first frame of the Sixers' young season was clearly when Markelle Fultz went to the foul line and... well, tossed up some ugly bricks.

This isn't the first time we've seen this but it is the first time non-preseason Sixers fans are seeing it. We wondered aloud if the Sixers were doing the right thing with Fulz prior to tonight's game. The lack of information on his injuries is troubling. So what's the deal with that form?

Well, Twitter had a field day with it.

Although Fultz's shoulder looked perfectly fine on this delicious block! He also had a couple of early buckets.

It's a long season, rook. Just please work on that free throw motion.

 

Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

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Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

There's never any love lost between NFC East rivals so this Monday's much-anticipated contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins is sure to bring plenty of chatter to go along with some exciting football.

Philly's reputation often precedes it and there was some new fuel added to that fire on Wednesday when Washington running back Chris Thompson said some inflammatory -- or complimentary, depending how you look at it -- things about our city's thoughtful fans.

Thompson was a guest on ESPN 980 this morning and said he's anxious to play the Eagles in Philly because they're one of the best teams in the NFL. But also for other reasons.

From the Washington Post:

“Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I’ve ever experienced, too,” he said, “so I’m excited about that as well.”

Host Bram Weinstein then asked for any favorite tales, and Thompson obliged.

“You see a lot of the players pregame when we run out of the tunnel, guys just go pray or whatever in the end zone,” Thompson said. “And [two years ago] I went and prayed in the end zone, and one of the [fans] told me, he was like ‘God’s not gonna help you today.’ And I was like oh, shoot. I heard it while I was praying. I was like dang, all right, that’s a little harsh.”

Harsh. But fair!

On a serious note, Thompson also said he's not planning on bringing his family to Philly for the game.

“I heard that’s the one stadium you keep your family from going to,” Thompson told Weintstein. “My family will be here this week, and they were like ‘I want to come to the Philly game.’ I said absolutely not, you’re gonna have to wait until Dallas comes around. Because my step dad, he’s a big guy. And if he starts fighting, It’ll be real bad out there. I was told that right away my rookie year: keep your family away.”

Now, I can't say I disagree entirely. But not just with Eagles games in Philly. NFL games in general are most certainly not a family friendly environment. Every other week there's a video of an incident from Carolina or San Francisco or any other stadium around the country of fans acting in ways that are incredibly unfriendly to a family environment.

I took my now wife to her first Eagles game three seasons ago. We sat in the club level where I joked (kinda) that she wouldn't see any of the infamous rowdy behavior. That was before one of the largest brawls I've ever seen broke out with guys tumbling down row after row. And that was Eagles-fan-on-Eagles-fan violence.