How Travis Bader helped Overseas Elite win $1,000,000


Travis Bader played only five minutes on Sunday in Overseas Elite's dramatic 67-65 win over Team 23 in The Basketball Tournament's $1,000,000 Championship Game. However, a case can be made that Bader was the team's most important player. Without Bader, Overseas Elite wouldn't have even made it to its first round game back on July 10 in Atlanta.

Overseas Elite was down to only four available players the night before a first round matchup against Underdogs. But the team caught a break when Bader, who was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer Leage, had a game scheduled at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 10. After his final appearance with the Thunder's summer league team, Bader hopped on a plane and landed in Atlanta less than an hour before tip.

"Drew Morrison picked me up at about 3:15 p.m. and we had a game at 4 p.m.," Bader said. "He told me, 'You're gonna have to play today.' And I was like, 'That's cool. I'll play 5-10 minutes, you know, get a couple up and downs on the court. Drew goes, 'No, you're gonna have to play. You're our fifth guy.'

"It just reminded me of playing AAU," Bader continued. "I was just happy to be there for our team and help us get to where we are."

Bader scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds in an 89-83 win over the Underdogs. He was one of four players on the Overseas Elite roster to play in all seven games in TBT.