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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:27 pm    Post subject: Ice Cube is starting is own professional 3-on-3 basketball league

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Ice Cube is starting his own professional 3-on-3 basketball league


Yes, you read that headline correctly. Rapper Ice Cube — he of both N.W.A. and Are We There Yet? the TV show — is starting his own professional 3-on-3 basketball league. Complete with former NBA players, a commissioner, and coaches.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Cube has plucked former NBAer and NBPA executive Roger Mason to act as commissioner.

The league, called BIG3, will play games over the course of the summer as a means to satiate hungry NBA fans and their need for some roundball.

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Plans include eight teams of five players – including an ex-player as coach, as well as a team captain – that’ll tour together from city to city starting in late June.

So far, retired NBA players Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams are some of the players committed to play on teams, league officials said.

Cube says the league is meant to act as an outlet for players who aren’t sharp enough for the NBA but don’t want to take their skills overseas or work in league media.

BIG3 will have eight teams to start in late June, playing for 10 weeks as they tour throughout the country together. Four games will apparently be played each week, in each location, and as part of a festival atmosphere with musical acts and other entertainment.

The league is still trying to acquire a TV deal.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:03 am    Post subject:

sounds interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/12/still-got-game-ice-cubes-3-on-3-league-will-feature-allen-iverson-4-pointers/

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Still got game? Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league will feature Allen Iverson, 4-pointers

NEW YORK (AP) — Ice Cube and Allen Iverson are putting their star power behind a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league.

The entertainment mogul and NBA Hall of Famer announced the launch of Big3 on Wednesday morning at a news conference.

Teams comprised of former NBA stars will play its eight-game season in the summer starting June 24 with each week’s contests taking place in a different city with all eight teams playing each Saturday. It will finish with a two-week playoffs.

Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Kenyon Martin are some of the former NBA players who are committed to play in the league include. Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as two of the coaches.

The games will be half-court and played to 60 points. Other highlights include a 4-point shot and a halftime show in between games two and three.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject:

Wonder how much players, coaches and all who participate will make? 8 games may get them a TV deal.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject:

i like it. 8 games is perfect to start with
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject:

This actually sounds like a pretty entertaining thing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject:

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Wonder how much players, coaches and all who participate will make?


Picked up the caaaash flow... He's gonna beat em up in craps and dominoes on payday. These youngsters had better consult his lyrics.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/22/big-3-legends-basketball-league-reaches-broadcast-deal-with-fox-sports/

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Are people going to tune in to watch legendary basketball players of their youth lace them up again for a three-on-three, half-court game?

Fox Sports is betting that they will.

Big3 — which will tip-off this summer and features Allen Iverson, Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Charles Oakley, and other former NBA stars — has inked a deal with Fox Sports to broadcast the games on FS1, the two sides announced on Wednesday.

“This is a big day for the BIG3,” league founder Ice Cube said on UNDISPUTED. “We are very excited … we’ve been waiting for this day. It’s extremely exciting to be here with FOX Sports. They definitely see the picture and see the great things we are trying to do.”

“This is an ideal fit for FS1,” said Charlie Dixon, FOX Sports EVP of Content/Original Programming. “It will be appointment viewing for any basketball fan, showcasing star-power, fiery personalities and classic matchups on the court.”

It’s going to be interesting. Names we all know but guys well past their prime playing a 3-on-3 halfcourt game similar to what you and I have played in pickup games on the blacktop. Well, except the Big 3 has a four-point shot. There will be games packed into 10 cities on sort of a barnstorming tour, with the teams playing all games back-to-back each in the same venue. FOX will broadcast the games the following night. The league championship airs Aug. 26 live on FOX.

Big3 is well funded and went and got big names to take part. It’s an interesting concept. Will it catch on with fans? Fox thinks it will.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/05/01/rashad-mccants-top-pick-in-ice-cubes-big3-league-draft-team-rosters-set/

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Rashad McCants top pick in Ice Cube’s BIG3 League draft, team rosters set


Investors — including Ice Cube — are betting big that fans will pay to see (or watch/stream at home) former NBA players suit up and play three-on-three ball this summer. So they formed a league and have put together a 10-city tour that starts in Brooklyn June 25 and will barnstorm around the country, before landing in Las Vegas for the championship on Aug. 26

The Big3 League has a lot of big names attached — Allen Iverson, Dr. J, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Jason Williams, and others, some of whom will suit up and play. Last weekend the teams conducted their draft in Las Vegas to round out those rosters, and former Timberwolves scorer was the No. 1 overall pick.

The event had some strange moments. Like Stephen Jackson and Bonzi Wells saying they could form an NBA playoff team today with the guys in this draft (there’s a reason that these guys, in their late 30s or beyond, are not in the league right now). Or, there was the appearance of Smush Parker.


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Anyway, the draft is done and here are the teams and their players:

3’s Company: Allen Iverson (captain/coach), DerMarr Johnson (co-captain), Andre Owens, Michael Sweetney, Ruben Patterson

3 Headed Monsters (coached by Gary Payton): Rashard Lewis (captain), Jason Williams (co-captain), Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Ghost Ballers (coached by George Gervin): Mike Bibby (captain), Ricky Davis (co-captain), Maurice Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson

Killer 3s (coached by Charles Oakley): Chauncey Billups (captain), Stephen Jackson (co-captain), Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook

Power (coached by Clyde Drexler): Corey Maggette (captain), Cuttino Mobley (co-captain), Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris

Trilogy (coached by Rick Mahorn): Kenyon Martin (captain), Al Harrington (co-captain), Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover

Tri-State (coached by Julius Erving): Jermaine O’Neal (captain), Bonzi Wells (co-captain), Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James

Ball Hogs (coached by Rick Barry): Brian Scalabrine (captain), Josh Childress (co-captain), Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Ivan Johnson

It should be an interesting summer. And since the players get more money for finishing higher in the standings, you can bet they will take seriously.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:36 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 6:16 am    Post subject:

Looks like I am about to get rich. I can't run, but can still rain 3's!
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject:

I actually will watch this lol
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject:

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Ball Hogs (coached by Rick Barry): Brian Scalabrine (captain), Josh Childress (co-captain), Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Ivan Johnson



If the White Mamba is playing, I will be watching.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject:

How come ivan johnson is on two different teams
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/06/25/big3-3-on-3-league-begins-with-a-game-winner-and-an-injury/103184926/

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Big3 begins: Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 league starts with a bang


NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3.

The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 basketball venture can't deliver.

The rapper-actor's league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both decided on winning shots in front of 15,177 fans.

Iverson's team won the third game, though as player-coach he only put himself in for 9 minutes. At 42 years old, the former NBA MVP said he doesn't expect to be playing heavy minutes in the 10-game season.

"But I think the best part about this game here tonight and all the other games, it was exciting all throughout," Iverson said. "It didn't need Allen Iverson the player, per se."

The quality of play was spotty, as players had to shake off sometimes years of rust. But it was certainly competitive.

"I think it's going to be incredibly good. The games are exciting, the players are still talented and they're fun to watch," said Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who coached Power to a 62-58 victory over Tri State in the second game on DeShawn Stevenson's 3-pointer.


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Entertainers such as LL Cool J and NBA All-Star James Harden were in the crowd for the first two games before Iverson, the main attraction among players, took the court following a concert.

He may be the biggest name in the league, but his role on the court will be minor.

"I signed up to be a coach, player and captain. Coach part is going to go on throughout the game," Iverson said. "Playing part is not going to be what you expect.

"You're not going to see the Allen Iverson of old out there."

He can't be blamed, given the risk of injury for players way past their primes. Jason Williams, the flashy point guard nicknamed "White Chocolate," went down with a right leg injury late in the opener, and Corey Maggette had to come out of the second game. Both were expected to be OK.


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And that might not stop more players from wanting to play. Recently retired Paul Pierce was in the crowd and Andre Owens, the star of Iverson's 3's Company, said Kevin Garnett might want to play.

"Sky's the limit. Obviously you see the debut," Iverson said. "I didn't even expect it to be like this, and then obviously guys that's retired now, to see the outcome of this situation right here, probably are going to get that itch."

Games are played to 60 points but teams have to win by two, and getting to 60 wasn't enough in either of the first two games.

In the opener, Rashard Lewis made a three-point play with his team facing game point as 3 Headed Monsters edged Ghost Ballers 62-60.

The game has gimmicks — Lewis made the first 4-point shot and teams had 14 seconds to shoot. Team names included 3's Company and Killer 3s and some players wore nicknames on their jerseys, with Jerome Williams going with "Junk Yard Dog" on his.

Cube vowed the games would be competitive — players are vying for a revenue share based on final league standings. There was pushing and shoving in the post and a few hard fouls, and the physicality and trash talk appeared to heat up as the games went on. With hand checking allowed, the games looked nothing like today's NBA game.

"Some people like that style, some people don't," Trilogy's Kenyon Martin said. "So we're here to fill that void for the people that appreciate the way the game has been played forever, you know what I'm saying? Basketball is a contact sport."

The eight-team league will play on 10 weekends, culminating with the Aug. 26 championship in Las Vegas. Games are shown on Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.

3 HEADED MONSTERS 62, GHOST BALLERS 60

The 3 Headed Monsters blew a late lead after Williams went down and the Ghost Ballers went ahead 60-59 before Lewis scored and drew a foul, making the free throw to finish the game.

Lewis finished with 27 points and former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the 3 Headed Monsters. Ricky Davis led the Ghost Ballers with 23 points.

POWER 62, TRI STATE 58

Stevenson finished with 20 points for the Power, making five 3-pointers. Maggette scored 15 and Cuttino Mobley had 14.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 points for Tri State, coached by Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Mike James had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

3'S COMPANY 61, BALL HOGS 51

Andre Owens had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Iverson's team. DerMarr Johnson added 14 points and Al Thornton scored 13.

Iverson finished 1 for 6 with two assists.

Rasual Butler made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Ball Hogs. Derrick Byars chipped in 19.

TRILOGY 60, KILLER 3's 45

Al Harrington scored 25 points as Trilogy cruised in the final game of the day. James White added 16.

Reggie Evans scored 18 and Stephen Jackson 17 for the losers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject:

The attendance for the opening games was something like 15k...thats a hell of a lot more people watching than the WNBA.....
Found these clips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3igXy1pX-Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpk72xfIGLI
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:34 am    Post subject:

lakersken80 wrote:
The attendance for the opening games was something like 15k...thats a hell of a lot more people watching than the WNBA.....
Found these clips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3igXy1pX-Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpk72xfIGLI

looks pretty good. i really want to see some extended clips.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject:

Apparently the games are on taped delay on Fox Sports 1 so if you have that channel its on tonight.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject:

lakersken80 wrote:
Apparently the games are on taped delay on Fox Sports 1 so if you have that channel its on tonight.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject:

Bet the NBA wishes they had commercialized this idea. Its basically like the senior tour for former NBA players who no longer have the stamina to play entire games but still have all their requisite NBA skills.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:23 pm    Post subject:

I liked what I saw. The camera angles could be better though.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:10 pm    Post subject:

15,000 in an arena to watch 3 on 3 basketball? That is crazy. What a huge success. I wonder how much tickets were?

I know they had some musicians giving concerts, so maybe that helped. But you don't see this amount of people for Rucker League Summer hoops, and at those spots you can be way closer to the players.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:34 am    Post subject:

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15,000 in an arena to watch 3 on 3 basketball? That is crazy. What a huge success. I wonder how much tickets were?

I know they had some musicians giving concerts, so maybe that helped. But you don't see this amount of people for Rucker League Summer hoops, and at those spots you can be way closer to the players.


Can't speak on any other arenas, but I looked up ticket prices for when it comes to the Staples Center and there were tickets for about $35, taxes and fees included.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject:

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15,000 in an arena to watch 3 on 3 basketball? That is crazy. What a huge success. I wonder how much tickets were?

I know they had some musicians giving concerts, so maybe that helped. But you don't see this amount of people for Rucker League Summer hoops, and at those spots you can be way closer to the players.


Can't speak on any other arenas, but I looked up ticket prices for when it comes to the Staples Center and there were tickets for about $35, taxes and fees included.


I'll go to staples for that price
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