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Mike Bibby reportedly earned more than $107 million in his 14-year NBA career, but the lure of winning another $1 million has kept alive his basketball career.
Bibby and fellow former Arizona players Hassan Adams, Kyle Fogg, Mark Lyons and Kevin Parrom are taking part in The Basketball Tournament, which starts Friday regionally in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Bibby will compete for a team out of Los Angeles called Grantland. His teammates include former Sacramento teammate Jason Williams, former USC player Brian Scalabrine and San Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner.
Parrom is part of Reach 1 Teach 1 out of his native New York City.
Adams is on the L.A. United team otherwise known as LAUNFD. Former ASU standout Ike Diogu is one of his teammates along with Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young.
Lyons is part of Armored Athlete out of the Midwest Region. Fogg will play for Overseas Elite.
Four teams from each region — Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia — continue to the Super 17 portion in Chicago from July 23-25. The semifinals and championship game are Aug. 1-2 in New York City.
“It’s serious … it’s a million dollars,” Bibby told The Arizona Republic’s Richard Obert about why he is participating.
Bibby physically looks as strong as ever. He has kept his shooting finesse despite his bulkier frame.
“I made 350 jump shots the other day,” Bibby told Obert.
Bibby also coaches his Team Bibby AAU team, led by his son Michael Bibby Jr., a senior guard at Phoenix Shadow Mountain. They started playing today in the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off in Anaheim, Calif.
Bibby Jr. reportedly has yet to be offered a scholarship by Arizona but has received offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Florida State. Memphis, coached by Bibby’s former teammate at Arizona — Josh Pastner, has also offered Bibby Jr. a scholarship.
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Here is a video of Bibby verifying he will take part in The Basketball Tournament: