During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was often difficult for current NBA guard Kyle Guy and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant to find a gym to play basketball.
It made them recognize the things they took for granted before the events closed and motivated them to give back to the Indianapolis community. When the restrictions were lifted, Guy and Grant thought of a way to make this possible.
“What can we do to provide an outlet or a resource where people can come and enjoy life, enjoy basketball?” To agree wondered.
The solution was a collaborative effort to create the Dizzy Runs Pro-Am, a basketball league that runs from July 12 to August 6. Games begin at 7 p.m. ET every Tuesday at the Mojo Up Sports Complex in Noblesville, Indiana, culminating in a championship game on Saturday, August 6.
The event takes its name from the story of Grant who played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 2006 to 2014, when he was nicknamed “Dizzy” because of his ball-handling skills that made defenders giddy. Grant and Guy wanted a catchy name for the event, and it stuck.
With the story of Guy winning Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2016 at Lawrence Central, the 2019 National Championship at Virginia, and playing three NBA seasons with the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat, the Dizzy Runs Pro-Am drew a number of big names. NBA talents like Gary Harris, Tyrese Haliburton, Lance Stephenson and Justin Holiday are expected to play in the event, according to Guy.
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On the college side, Xavier Johnson, Miller Kopp, Tamar Bates and Indiana’s Anthony Leal joined the rosters. Former Butler, Indiana and Ohio State center Joey Brunk will participate in the event, along with current and former Butler players Myles Tate, DJ Hughes, Kelan Martin and Myles Wilmoth. Former NBA and Kentucky guard Marquis Teague will participate, along with Purdue 2023 entry Myles Colvin of Heritage Christian High School.
“We’re doing this for the community,” Grant said in a interview with Fox59 News. “We’re doing this for Indiana, for people who love basketball to come out and see top athletes from a perspective sometimes that you might not see if you were paying for courtside seats. “
The Dizzy Runs Pro-Am will implement the Elam ending, which was used in the NBA All-Star Game as an alternate endgame structure. With Elam over, the clock stops six minutes from the end of the fourth quarter and a target score is calculated. For the Dizzy Runs Pro-Am, the target score will be 11 points higher than the leading team’s score.
For example, if the score is 65-60 when the clock stops with six minutes remaining, the first team to reach 76 points is the winner. The Elam Ending guarantees a winning move in every contest. It also doesn’t allow the winning team to simply run out of time, and it eliminates constant fouls and free throws at the end of games.
The Dizzy Runs Pro-Am offers free admission in an effort to provide an enjoyable event for all basketball fans.
“At the end of the day, we just want people to feel the joy that we feel when we’re playing the game and being around the game of basketball,” Grant said in a statement. interview with Fox59 News. “What better place than Hoosier State, Indiana?”
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