PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A huge number of NBA scouts, a couple of general managers, and even some of the game’s greats are making Portsmouth their home for this weekend, all looking to find that next “diamond-in-the-rough” player.
Just to name a few who’ve made their mark at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament: NBA Hall of Famers Dennis Rodman, Scotty Pippen, Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, and even Larry Brown before he won an NCAA or NBA championship as a head coach.
“I’ve heard about the tournament for years,” said Jerry Stackhouse, who became a star at the University of North Carolina and then enjoyed a 17-year NBA career. “It’s place where maybe a couple of late first-rounders, most of the second-round players come to try to improve their stock.”
Stackhouse will also help coach one of the teams in the tournament, and spent much of Wednesday as a spectator/scout in the stands.
Look toward the section set up specifically for the visitors from the association, and you’ll also find NBA Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, who coached the Utah Jazz from 1988 to 2013.
“The hotels are packed, Roger Brown loves us, you can’t get a seat in the restaurants at night, and NBA people like coming to this town, I guess,” said Mahlon Parker, the tournament’s director for the last 21 years.
“They come every year.”