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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Autographed physical copy of book + (8) Tickets to book release party reception + Your name included in a design which will be part of the book + The opportunity to help choose the cover of book + 2 Premium Sideline seats to any San Antonio Spurs NBA home game in 2013
2 Autographed physical copies of book + (10) Tickets to book release party reception + Your name included in a design which will be part of the book + The opportunity to help choose the cover of book + 2 Premium Sideline seats to any San Antonio Spurs NBA home game in 2013 with George Gervin as host.
4 Autographed physical copies of book + (10) Tickets to book release party reception + Your name included in a design which will be part of the book + The opportunity to help choose the cover of book + 4 Premium Sideline seats to any San Antonio Spurs NBA home game in 2013 with George "Ice Man" Gervin as host, Pre-game dinner wtih George Gervin, and 2 1/2 hour workout and personal basketball and fitness instruction with George Gervin and his son George Gervin, Jr.