Team City of Gods

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Team City of Gods
Team City of Gods logo
Leagues The Basketball Tournament
Founded 2015
History Team City of Gods
(2015–2017)
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Team colors Red and Navy Blue
         
Team manager Lafonte Johnson
Head coach Joe Connelly III
Website Team page
Uniforms

Team City of Gods are an American basketball team that has participated in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a winner-take-all single-elimination tournament.

The team played in the Northeast Region of the tournament in 2015, their first year of existence. The team is coached by Joe Connelly III, a former player development coach for the Washington Wizards based in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] City of Gods is managed by former George Washington basketball player Lafonte Johnson.[2] The team featured five players with experience in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3]

History[edit]

Team City of Gods was founded in 2015, primarily by Joe Connelly III, who had previously worked as the development coach for Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Connelly, currently a professional basketball trainer based in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, has experience coaching public school teams, at recreation centers, and in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He is the older brother of Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly and Phoenix Suns assistant general manager Tim Connelly.[4]

The players that would play for City of Gods were chosen strongly because of their connections with Connelly.[5] One player, Michael Sweetney, commented, "Joe Connelly pretty much put the whole team together."[6] Connelly and general manager Lafonte Johnson, a former college basketball player for UNLV and George Washington, helped gain fans by campaigning on Twitter and other social media websites.[5] the team name was devised by Joe Connelly using a popular clothing brand in Baltimore, Maryland the United States name to represent the team as well. the strategic move helped to popularized the team as well as a store in order to get support and votes for entering the basketball tournament and a chance to win 1 million dollars. Connelly and City of Gods (clothing ) evangelist Frazier, felt the name was a good fit mainly because the clothing brand sees the name synonymous with being reaching for greatness and being great

Logo and uniforms[edit]

Players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Team City of Gods roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 1 United States Sweetney, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 30 – (1987-10-23)23 October 1987
PG 5 United States Goss, Phil 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 35 – (1983-04-07)7 April 1983
SG 13 United States Silas, Xavier 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 30 – (1988-01-22)22 January 1988
PF 14 United States Gist, James 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 31 – (1986-10-26)26 October 1986
SG 20 United States Kromah, Lasan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 27 – (1991-06-24)24 June 1991
PF 21 United Kingdom Mensah-Bonsu, Pops 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 34 – (1983-09-07)7 September 1983
PG 22 United States Strong, Omar 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 162 lb (73 kg) 28 – (1990-05-16)16 May 1990
SF 22 United States Smith, Roscoe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 27 – (1991-05-01)1 May 1991
SG 34 United States Hawkins, David 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 35 – (1982-10-28)28 October 1982
SF 35 United States Johnson, DerMarr 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 38 – (1980-05-05)5 May 1980
C 50 United States Sweetney, Michael 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 35 – (1982-10-25)25 October 1982
C 55 Senegal N'Diaye, Hamady 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 31 – (1987-01-12)12 January 1987
Head coach
  • United States Joe Connelly III
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States Evan Monroe
Team manager
  • United States Lafonte Johnson

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 28, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Connelly III". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lafonte Johnson". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Team City of Gods". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Meet the Four Teams Playing for $1,000,000". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Joe Connelly: Pure with the game". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Kennedy, Alex. "NBA The Basketball Tournament: Roundtable Q&A". BasketballInsiders.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 

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