Generals Receive At-Large Bid for TBT
With their return now official, the Washington Generals will finally have their day on court. The iconic team has received an at-large bid to compete in TBT – The Basketball Tournament – which begins next week at the TBT Jamboree in Philadelphia. The annual 5-on-5, 64-team single-elimination tournament brings together some of the most talented field around to any basketball tournament, with former NBA, collegiate, and playground stars suiting up for their respective teams – all competing for a shot at the $2 million grand prize.
The team will play out of the South Region, with its first game taking place on July 8th in Charlotte, N.C. at Queens University. From there, the Generals will attempt to move on to the Super 16 in New York (July 20-23) for a chance to qualify for the semifinals (August 1) and championship (August 3) in Baltimore.
All TBT games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, with the national semifinals and championship game being shown on ESPN in primetime.
“We’re looking forward to rolling the balls out and seeing what we’re made of,” said Washington Generals GM, and Turner Sports NBA analyst, Kenny “The Jet” Smith. “This is one of the best basketball events anywhere. We’ve got an eye on winning it all, but are also looking forward to getting a jump-start on our preparation for taking on the Harlem Globetrotters”
“Charlotte won’t know what hit it,” said Washington Generals Head Coach Sam Worthen. “A big thanks to the folks at TBT for the at-large bid, but I feel sorry for our competition in the South Region and beyond. We can’t wait to get to Baltimore and take home the $2 million prize.”
As the Generals get ready to take the floor for the first time nearly three years, the team has been bolstering their roster in preparation for the TBT, today adding guard Antoine Mason and power forward Kavon Lytch-Jones.
Mason, the son of former NBA star Anthony Mason starred at Niagara and Auburn, has been a successful professional a multiple levels, with stints in the NBA Development League, National Basketball League of Canada, and the Cyprus Basketball League’s top-tier Division A.
Lytch, is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound force in the middle, who was part of the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 World Championship Team, which took part in the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship in China, last October. Lytch played his college basketball at Oklahoma City University.
For tickets and more information on how to follow the Generals at The Basketball Tournament, visit: www.thetournament.com.
About the Washington Generals The Washington Generals have been around as a franchise since 1952. Founded by the legendary Louis “Red” Klotz, who was a member of the 1948 NBA Champion Baltimore Bullets, the Generals were the Harlem Globetrotters’ opposition team for nearly six decades. As an Army veteran, Klotz named the team the Washington Generals in honor of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had just been elected President of the United States. The Generals franchise has lost well over 17,000 games to the Globetrotters but has not been without its triumphs. They defeated the Globetrotters in 1954 and 1958, and against on Jan. 5, 1971 – thanks to a last-second basket by Klotz himself. That 100-99 win over the Globetrotters in Martin, Tenn. snapped a 2,495-game losing streak to the team. Klotz passed away in 2014 at 93, but his legacy lives on as the “new” Generals will renew their rivalry with the Globetrotters later this year. For more information, check out www.washingtongenerals.com or follow on Twitter: @TheGenerals.
About THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (TBT) Conceived by CEO Jon Mugar as the ultimate opportunity for fans, athletes, and social media mavens to live out their dreams and chase once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, TBTs foundation as a high-stakes, professionally and organized event, now sees it entering its fourth year. In each of its first three seasons, The Basketball Tournament drew over 400 team entries from around the country, with participants ranging from professional players and recent college stars to pickup basketball players and people who have never played above high school. This year, teams will be competing for a winner-take-all prize of more than $2 million, with the networks of ESPN once again airing all games beginning with the regional rounds through the semifinals and final in Baltimore on August 1 and 3. For more information, check out www.thetournament.com.