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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.

The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

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The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

The Kings aren't happy with Joel Embiid.

They placed some blame on the Sixers' big man for their 23-point loss Thursday night.

How was Embiid at fault for a game he didn't even play?

Well, the Kings felt the wrath of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Let's just say Embiid may have fired up Towns after he embarrassed the Timberwolves' big man on Instagram the night prior (see story). In Embiid's defense, Towns was the instigator (see story).

Nonetheless, Towns went off on the Kings for 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and a plus-22 rating, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-96 win.

"I came to be an assassin tonight, not a basketball player," Towns said after the victory. "I wanted to try to be as active as possible and just disrupt the game as much as possible as well."

Way to go, JoJo.

Sorry, Kings.

Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

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Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

Pat Neshek is unofficially a Phillie once again, and he’s got jokes.

The lone All-Star for the 2017 Phillies, Neshek wore No. 17 in his short stint with the team last season. No problem, when he rejoins the team in spring training this season, he will get his number back, right?

Enter Rhys Hoskins.

After a relatively slow start to his MLB career for the first few games, Hoskins went on an absolute tear, belting 18 home runs in less than one-third of the season during his rookie campaign. During that time, a lot of fans probably bought a ton of Rhys Hoskins No. 17 jerseys.

Well, Neshek is back and he wants his number back. He posted this tweet Thursday.

He let 22 minutes go by before responding with this Tweet.

Some fans were not amused with his first post.

That’s a pretty funny joke and it shows that Neshek, who is an avid baseball card collector, is a true fan of the game, kept up with how his former team was doing while he was away last season and has a decent sense of humor.

Looks like Neshek will find a new number, but Phillies fans will hope he’s just as effective in it as he was last season in No. 17.