The must read increible story of the formation and journey of the Team America Basketball Club seen in “Jump Shot Dreams" TV Show.
Team America Dreams
What happened when 100 young men with American grit got their shot at
The American Dream?
The formation of the Team America Basketball Club and the creation in The “Jump Shot Dreams” Reality TV show casted a red-hot spotlight on the human condition, when for the first time ever in organized professional basketball; the competitors chose their own team.
The “Jump Shot Dreams” Reality TV show passed through some of America’s biggest cities and smallest towns, in a nationwide search for one hundred men with talent, character and dreams. A no holds barred war on the floor was the order of the day, as NBA legends George Gervin and Gene Banks took a group of players totally selected among amongst other competing players to create a Team America squad that took on some of the finest professional and national basketball teams throughout Asia.
One hundred players chosen by other competing players were invited to an elimination tryout camp, where the players themselves selected the final twelve player Team America squad. Each player had their own story. Some were forgotten or just overlooked. Some were plagued by mistakes & misfortune, and missed their shot. Some were in a gang, out of school, or stuck on the farm and off the court, with no parents to support them, no hope to sustain them, with talents gone to waste and cast aside, until now. With a clean slate and a fresh start, the ball was soundly in their court. With George “The Ice Man” Gervin as their head coach, players competing for a coveted spot on the team experienced mental, physical and emotional challenges, in-your-face conflicts, elation, rejection and triumph, one hundred players reduce down to a team of twelve.
In the end, the biggest enemy was the cut. Each week of camp and on tour saw alliances formed and promises broken, as back room deals and all-out assaults preceded each impending vote. With all players living in one facility together, but each with their own soul, who will vote to cut a friend to save a top notch player? Who will vote to cut the better man, in order to save himself? What kind of team will evolve when the rules of the street replace the rules of the game?
The final squad went off to Asia and the Pacific region, where Team America played against top professional and national teams from Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore and the Philippines. Upon their return to the USA, the team’s MVP got a chance to play on the San Antonio Spurs NBA Summer League Team and a shot in the NBA. The rest of the squad was given the opportunity to attend the tryout camp of the National Basketball Developmental League. Find out what happened to the team, to each player after the “Jump Shot Dreams” Reality TV Show and tour, and if the unique formation of the team, an experiment that had never been attempted before, was a success or failure.
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