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

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.