In Florida, Trachtenberg became an investor and adviser. Trachtenberg is a former New Jersey chiropractor and was named in testimony as a millionaire financial backer of The George Group.
Back in New Jersey, Enrique Riley has been a constant presence in the courtroom and is one of George's closest friends. Riley is a deacon at a Brooklyn, N.Y., church who has worked for George as a paid real estate consultant.
Riley, who told The Courant he works with George "24/7," is also referenced in a video George made as a pitch for a reality TV show. The 2009 video, available on YouTube, features George talking about his business and personal life, and includes some notable appearances — Newark mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker is heard praising George ("The best of the Bricks, right here."), and current UConn coach Kevin Ollie is shown talking to kids at a basketball camp. Ollie and George were not teammates at UConn, nor did their careers overlap in the NBA. A UConn spokesman said Ollie had "no comment on George and his difficulties."
There is also footage of George walking through New York City with his daughters, bickering with his ex-wife on the phone, chatting with friends in a barbershop and mingling with former NBA teammates. The promo is supposed to show George as a compelling figure and potential reality TV star.
But the testimony in his trial is painting another picture. He faces possible prison sentence of 20 years if he's convicted of taking millions of dollars from investors and using money to furnish his lifestyle. Prosecutors say money went to his former wife and his girlfriend, to a $7,100 renovation for his mother's New Jersey home, for a car, for private school tuition, and for a $3,000 party for his daughter.
George has countered by saying he was entitled to the money he used from investors because he took it as a "developer's fee."
Back in Storrs, there are few people in the athletic department left from the era of The Shot. Some have said privately that they are not surprised by George's troubles, that he was always "looking for something" from people.
For Calhoun, there is a sense of sadness because "Tate is one of my former players." And Calhoun said that despite George's distance from the program, he was always part of the extended UConn family.
"When I recruit them, I try to recruit them for life," Calhoun said. "Sometimes things work out exceptionally well with your relationship. … Other kids I haven't spoken to in a lot of, lot of years. It just works out that way. But a lot of it has to do with time, circumstance, a lot of other things."
How does Calhoun view the charges against George?
"Everybody has two sides; everyone makes mistakes," Calhoun said. "Kids make unfortunate mistakes in life. It's lousy when other people have to bear the burden of that. ... It's very unfortunate for him, and everybody involved. It's just unfortunate because he had a lot of potential to do a lot of good things and I hope that anyone who was affected by it, gets whatever they need to get back. It's just an incredibly difficult, unfortunate situation.
"Beyond that, I stand up for my kids, but there's no way I'm going to stand up for somebody who possibly could have done some of the things they described he did."