Wall, Porzingis, Cruz all to participate in #TBT2016
By: TBT Staff
Any time you start throwing around a million dollars and high-level basketball, you're almost certain to attract some celebrity appeal. Last summer TBT did just that, most notably via the formation of the 'Big Red Three' in Matt Bonner, Brian Scalabrine and comedian Michael Rapaport, who all came together for a shot at the prize with team Grantland. At the time, it seemed like the perect match. Bonner would bring the smarts, Scal would bring the skill on the floor, and Rapaport would bring, well, who knows with him. Regardless, the trio served as the benchmark of things to come.
TBT also serves as an opportunity for NBA stars to reconnect with their home roots. Nick Young and Nate Robinson are two examples. Although neither showed up on-site, Young helped promote his hometown LAUNFD, while Robinson was slated to play for Seattle Pro-Am, both legendary teams in their respective cities.
That leads us to present day, here in #TBT2016, where we doubled the prize money to $2 million, and naturally have beefed up on the stars as well. Whether it be Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis serving as a booster for New Mexico RH as a favor to an old teammate, or Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan supporting Skinner's Frate Train to help raise money for ALS research, you never know who might pop up. Take a look below for the full list of celebrities boosting or coaching a team in #TBT2016.
Check out Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of New Mexico RH here.
Check out John Wall and the rest of TeamBDB here.
Check out Victor Cruz, Rudy Gay, and the rest of The Untouchables here.
Check out The Game, JaVale McGee and the rest of Team Fancy here.
Check out Courtney Lee, Chandler Parsons and Austin Rivers as well as the rest of Pedro's Posse here.
Check out Sam Dekker and the rest of the Lawrence All Stars here.
Check out Greg Monroe and the rest of NOLA Bounce here.
Check out CJ McCollum and the rest of Overseas Elite here.
Check out Isaiah Austin and the rest of Dream Again here.
Check out Trevor Ariza and the rest of LAUNFD here.
Check out Markieff & Marcus Morris, Thomas Robinson and the rest of FOE here.
Check out Pacman Jones and the rest of Tennessee Connection here.
Check out Alec Burks and the rest of Team Colorado here.
Check out Eric Maynor and the rest of Ram Nation here.
Check out Will Barton and the rest of the Bluff City Blues here.
Check out Steve Novak and the rest of the Golden Eagles Alumni here.
Check out Cody Zeller and the rest of Armored Athlete here.
Check out Lou Williams and the rest of Queen City here.
Check out Thad Young and the rest of Kings of Memphis here.
Check out Emmanuel Mudiay and the rest of Pony Up here.
Check out Shaun Livingston and the rest of Always a Brave here.
Check out Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the rest of the North Broad Street Bullies here.
Check out Isa Abdul Quddus and the rest of East Coast Hustle here.
Check out Matt Ryan and the rest of Skinner's Frate Train here.
Vote for Skinners Frate Train in the TBT Tournament. Eagles Strikeout ALS https://t.co/HqFMfq9yuw— Reggie Jackson (@Reggie_Jackson) April 12, 2016
Can you do me a favor and vote for The Untouchables to compete in this years TBT basketball tournament.. https://t.co/5Fx4cacPXI— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay8) April 23, 2016
Please go and vote for TENNESSEE CONNECTION | The Basketball Tournamenthttps://t.co/PgL4yA2Tbg— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) May 2, 2016
Need everyone to go vote for the spartan alumni's so they can get in the tbt tournament this summer https://t.co/Be0AzBpj8C— Branden Dawson (@whynot_22) May 3, 2016