Nagy puts together Bears' best basketball starting five


Sunday marks the first day off from training camp for the Bears. Even though the team won’t practice together many players will likely still use the day to brush up on the playbook or to hit the weight room. However, you can also bet that the team will also use the off day to have some fun. While there’s no indication that some of the guys will get together for a pickup basketball game, if by chance some of the Bears do decide to hoop, Matt Nagy already knows who he’d put on the court.

“The starting five was Jimmy (Graham) as the 5, we had Javon Wims, Nick Foles — that’s three, right?  The fourth one was TI, was sneaky, Thomas Ives,” Nagy said. “They say he’s sneaky good… A-Rob (Allen Robinson) was the other one. A-Rob.”

Interestingly, Nagy dubbed Foles the point guard, despite the fact that the quarterback comes in at 6’6” and 243 pounds, and isn’t known for his mobility. Apparently that Super Bowl MVP field general mentality goes a long way in running a basketball offense?

Graham is a natural choice however, since he played four years of college ball at Miami, in addition to being a stand out tight end.

“We all certainly know that Jimmy, his basketball background helps him out a lot at the tight end position,” Nagy said.

When asked if Khalil Mack was snubbed as a possible front court candidate, Nagy clarified that his basketball squad is comprised of offensive players only. As for choosing a sixth-man to come off the bench, Nagy said he consulted his assistant basketball coach, Tarik Cohen.


“Tarik said he was going to go with Marquise Goodwin, because the defense would be like a gnat, just all over people,” Nagy said.

It’s well known that several of the Bears are big basketball fans. Mack has filmed himself showing off some nifty ball-handling skills in a full custom Bulls jersey. Robinson tweets about the NBA all the time, too.

So next time you’re hooping in Lake Forest, look out, you just might run into some Bears.

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