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kobe4thewinbang
06-24-2017, 10:54 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/breaking-team-ice-cubes-big3-league-001545791.html

A palpable buzz has surrounded social media regarding rapper, actor, producer and entertainer extraordinaire Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 league that will commence its first weekend of action on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The league, dubbed BIG3, features several former NBA standouts, headlined by 2001 NBA MVP, 11-time All Star and four-time scoring champion Allen Iverson (who didn’t even bother to show up to the league’s draft event).

Former National Basketball Players Association deputy director and NBA veteran Roger Mason Jr. is taking on the role of president and commissioner.
Former NBA player Allen Iverson, left, shows his jersey as he poses with entertainer Ice Cube after they announced the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Allen Iverson poses with Ice Cube after they announced the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league. (AP)

The eight-team league will travel to 10 cities across the country each Sunday until Aug. 26. For now, trhe league’s championship is scheduled on the same date and at the same Las Vegas venue as the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor super-fight.

Games will feature a 4-point shot and be played to 60 points with a short half-time once a team reaches the 30-point threshold – adding several unconventional twists to the half-court format.

Here’s an overview of each squad.
3’s Company

Players: Allen Iverson (captain), Dermarr Johnson (co-captain), Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Rueben Patterson

Coach: Allen Iverson

Reserve: David Hawkins

Take: With AI as a player-coach, some online sportsbooks have 3’s Company as the odds-on favorite to take home the first BIG3 championship. As head coach, don’t expect Iverson to be holding many practices. The other five players on the team: Johnson, Owens, Sweetney, Patterson and Hawkins had limited success at the NBA level.
3 Headed Monsters

Players: Rashard Lewis (captain), Jason Williams (co-captain), Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Coach: Gary Payton

Reserve: Hakim Warrick

Take: Jason Williams can flat out still play. The former Sacramento King’s All-Star passing magician will certainly have no problem finding career 39 percent three-point shooter Rashard Lewis behind the arc for some open looks. Helping “White Chocolate” with his ball-handling responsibilities will be former NBA point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. First overall selection in the 2001 draft Kwame Brown returns to the hardwood after last playing in the NBA for the 76ers in 2013. Head coach Gary “The Glove” Payton is likely to stress defense. Just as likely is that these players will not listen.
Ghost Ballers

Players: Mike Bibby (captain), Ricky Davis (co-captain), Mo Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson

Coach: George Gervin

Reserve: Joe Smith

Take: This team is a bit thin, but will benefit from the fact that Mike Bibby simply has the clutch gene. People also tend to forget that Ricky Davis was an extremely solid NBA player, averaging 13.5 points per game in an 11 year career. Evans and Marcus both enjoyed respectable NBA careers, while Johnson currently plays abroad in Lebanon. Joe Smith, another former first overall NBA draft selection, will serve in a reserve capacity for the Ballers.
Ball Hogs

Players: Brian Scalabrine (captain), Josh Childress (co-captain), Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Dominic McGuire

Coach: Rick Barry

Reserve: Desmon Farmer

Take: The White Mamba is baaaaaaack. That is all.
Tri-State

Players: Jermaine O’Neal (captain), Bonzi Wells (co-captain), Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James

Coach: Julius “Dr. J” Erving

Reserve: Lou Amundson

Take: With Dr. J leading this group, you know they will have a little extra flair. It will be very interesting to see how Jermaine O’Neal looks in action after he was forced to retire following a gruesome knee injury suffered in the 2014 NBA playoffs as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Out of the rest of the group, Bonzi Wells, Mike James and reserve Lou Amundson enjoyed the most NBA success.
Power

Players: Corey Maggette (captain), Cuttino Mobley (co-captain), Jerome Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris

Coach: Clyde Drexler

Reserve: Paul McPherson

Take: Back in the early 2000s, Corey Maggette was an elite NBA scorer for the Los Angeles Clippers. He will be reunited with his former Clippers teammate Cuttino Mobley as the duo hopes to have more success in terms of winning during their second go around together. Deshawn Stevenson, who last played in the NBA in 2013, will also be a useful piece for Clyde Drexler and company.
Killer 3s

Players: Chauncey Billups (captain), Stephen Jackson (co-captain), Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook

Coach: Charles Oakley

Reserve: Eddie Robinson

Take: According to league founder Ice Cube, Chauncey Billups will not be participating in this year’s season amid speculation that he’s going to be the next general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As of now, it is unclear who will serve as his replacement on this team. In any case, the Killer 3s will be left to rely on Stephen Jackson to initiate their offense. Gritty forward Reggie Evans, who played a 13-year NBA career with the same aggression as his new head Charles Oakley, will clean up the glass and hopefully set some vicious screens. Larry Hughes also provides some scoring punch for the Killer 3s. The journeyman shooting guard averaged 22 points per game for the Wizards in 2004-05.
Trilogy

Players: Kenyon Martin (captain), Al Harrington (co-captain), Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover

Coach: Rick Mahorn

Reserve: Jannero Pargo

Take: With Kenyon Martin and James “Flight” White on this team, Trilogy will be throwing down several ferocious dunks. Recently, Rashad McCants blamed his underwhelming NBA career on the “Kardashian Curse,” so there’s that.

Hustla23
06-24-2017, 11:25 PM
This sounds kinda cool.

I'm a little worried for these old timers playing full throttle though.

LA_Raiders
06-25-2017, 01:07 AM
I look forward for a more competitive league.

mrblisterdundee
06-25-2017, 01:42 AM
At first glance, White Chocolate and Rashard's team seems the favorite, especially with Chauncey likely bowing out. Shooting is going to win this tournament.

aman_13
06-25-2017, 02:03 AM
I think this is going to be terrible. I will tune in like everyone else but I'm not sure this will last. I do hope it works out for Cube though, I'm a big fan of his.

TrueFan420
06-25-2017, 10:29 AM
At first glance, White Chocolate and Rashard's team seems the favorite, especially with Chauncey likely bowing out. Shooting is going to win this tournament.

idk man we got two GOATS in this.... White mamba and Mike James each players greatness could propel their respective teams to the top

Saddletramp
06-25-2017, 03:46 PM
Don't sleep on Larry Hughes. According to some around here, the Cavs don't make the Finals without him in '07.

Leftcoast_yg
06-26-2017, 01:47 AM
Don't sleep on Larry Hughes. According to some around here, the Cavs don't make the Finals without him in '07.

True i remeber his play making ability helped the second unit with lebron on the bench with eric snow.

Saddletramp
06-26-2017, 03:30 AM
^^^See?

TrueFan420
06-26-2017, 10:52 AM
Don't sleep on Larry Hughes. According to some around here, the Cavs don't make the Finals without him in '07.

To be fair Larry Hughes was a good player coming off a career year when they signed him. He just was a horrible horrible fit next to Bron cause he couldn't shoot.

AntiG
06-26-2017, 10:58 AM
Time for Shaq, Kenny and Charles to jump from the studio to the court as a squad

Norm
06-26-2017, 10:28 PM
Already superior to the NBA by the way it's refereed.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
06-26-2017, 10:35 PM
The fact that this is tape delayed is pretty dumb.

Norm
06-26-2017, 10:46 PM
The fact that this is tape delayed is pretty dumb.

Did you hear why though? So there's no TV timeouts. They play like 3x longer with out commercials. I can dig it.

I dont know who won so I can pretend lol.

Since it's basically a gimmick at this point, doesn't bother me.

ewing
06-27-2017, 07:45 AM
Don't sleep on Larry Hughes. According to some around here, the Cavs don't make the Finals without him in '07.





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kobe4thewinbang
06-28-2017, 04:05 PM
Not off to a good start.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA point guard Jason Williams will miss six to eight months after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the Big3.

Corey Maggette also won't be on the court after lower leg surgery, but Ice Cube expects to see more of Allen Iverson on it as his 3-on-3 league of former NBA players heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, for its second week.

The injuries were announced Wednesday during a conference call with Cube and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who argued that the injuries had nothing to do with the league's use of older players.

"We had four games and in those four games less people were injured than will most likely be injured in any single first game in the NFL this year," he said. "People are injured in the NBA all the time, unfortunately. Cars crash in NASCAR and these things do happen. We do believe that there was intensity that maybe everybody didn't expect and there will be an adjustment period as the season goes on."

Iverson, the former NBA MVP who is the league's biggest attraction as a player-coach, put himself in for only 9 minutes in his team's victory. He said after the game that at age 42 he didn't expect to be playing much.

But Cube said Iverson sat mostly because his team was matched up against a taller one, which wouldn't be the case Sunday.

"He's going to get stronger, play more and go after it, because he didn't really get in this thing to sit down," Cube said.

"He actually coached them to a win. So I commend him because most people wouldn't do that when everybody is screaming your name saying you do it, and you just know the right thing to do for the team is to win the game. So I don't want that to be overlooked in what Allen Iverson did on Sunday in Brooklyn, and I think it's a way better matchup for him in Charlotte."
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Kwatinetz also said Jermaine O'Neal would miss the game because of a family commitment, while Kenyon Martin is considered day to day but expected to play after tweaking his hamstring.

Kwatinetz detailed a couple rule changes starting with this weekend's game.

Games will be played to 50 points, instead of 60, with halftime coming when the first team reaches 25 points. Cube said that would help the four games per day move more quickly and fit in their window when they are shown Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.

The eight-team league is playing on 10 weekends, culminating with the Aug. 26 championship in Las Vegas.

LOb0
06-28-2017, 04:11 PM
I gotta say I really enjoyed those first few games. Brain Cook sighting. Also Charles Oakley is a player/coach. Can't wait to see his old *** suit up.

WOwolfOL
06-28-2017, 10:12 PM
I heard Cube is gonna make like 10 mil to give up the venue for the Mayweather fight. He has them by the balls, that's for sure.

c.c.
06-28-2017, 10:28 PM
What channel or online service this comes on

Raps18-19 Champ
06-28-2017, 11:04 PM
I wanted to see Garnett, Pierce and Ray form a team.

aman_13
06-28-2017, 11:26 PM
I wanted to see Garnett, Pierce and Ray form a team.

But they would never pass it to Ray.

Raps18-19 Champ
06-28-2017, 11:48 PM
But they would never pass it to Ray.

Until they need Ray for that 4 point shot.

Saddletramp
06-29-2017, 05:54 AM
I heard Cube is gonna make like 10 mil to give up the venue for the Mayweather fight. He has them by the balls, that's for sure.

What idiot didn't check to see if the venue was available?

Saddletramp
06-29-2017, 05:55 AM
What channel or online service this comes on

It's taped delayed on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night. I DVRed the first week but I haven't watched it yet. I might not. Sounds like a cluster.

c.c.
06-29-2017, 06:26 AM
It's taped delayed on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night. I DVRed the first week but I haven't watched it yet. I might not. Sounds like a cluster.

Ok thanks bro

MrfadeawayJB
06-30-2017, 01:42 AM
I find it entertaining.


It's interesting that it's all the physical rough players from the nba. Who's next Rasheed and ron artest?

ManningToTyree
06-30-2017, 02:53 AM
The first week was better than the entire NBA playoffs

ewing
07-01-2017, 04:12 PM
enjoyed week one. I think it should defiantly be winners out so you can flat take over and i possessions should start just outside the 3 point line instead of like 1/2 court like play ground basketball but it was fun. Lewis looked like the best player IMO

KnicksorBust
07-01-2017, 05:07 PM
What channel or online service this comes on

It's taped delayed on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night. I DVRed the first week but I haven't watched it yet. I might not. Sounds like a cluster.

I will do you a favor. Fast forward through the first half but watch. Some pretty fun finishes. Def worth a watch for any true NBA fan.

KnicksorBust
07-01-2017, 05:09 PM
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I like 50 better. Half court games dont grip your attention as much as a full 5 v 5. 50 still seems high tbh. I would do 30 or 40.

KnicksorBust
07-04-2017, 07:42 AM
Anyone else been watching?

GREATNESS ONE
07-05-2017, 10:25 PM
I'm watching lol

72 Wins
07-06-2017, 01:16 PM
I saw a bit of the first game, mostly to see AI. He's obviously going to be the biggest draw. I found most of the games kinda boring. Maybe it's better in person. Some of the older guys like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf; albiet in good shape, just can't keep up with the younger legs.

GREATNESS ONE
07-06-2017, 01:39 PM
I enjoyed watching Chauncy too,

I really hope players like McGrady, Kobe, Grant Hill etc maybe even Shaq! Would play that would really draw a crowd.