Eagles’ Sirianni compares DeVonta Smith to Allen Iverson

In basketball, it’s the first step that can help you can by a defender, and former Philadelphia  76ers great Allen Iverson had one of the best first steps in NBA history. Along with his speed and athleticism, Iverson’s first step helped him to score over 24,000 points in his career and got him inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Eagles rookie wideout DeVonta Smith, like Iverson, has an excellent first step and is off to a decent start. Last week against the Chiefs, Smith had his first 100-yard receiving game with seven catches and 122 yards, and he leads the team in receptions and yards.

On Friday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni compared Smith’s first step to Iverson.

“Yeah, I always consider the jab at the first point of the line of scrimmage,” Sirianni said. “And I think this will resonate with Philadelphia fans, that any time I teach a wide receiver how to release off the line of scrimmage, I have an Allen Iverson clip ready to go.

“And because it’s very much like a crossover. So why was Allen Iverson – I know this is like, ‘Man, why is he talking about basketball?’ Why was Allen Iverson good at the crossover? One thing, and you hear him say this all the time, is that he’s fast; he was quick. And so, people had to react to his first step.

“And so, when he took that hard jab one way, they had to react to it because he was quick, and then he was able to go back the other way. And that’s really what receivers are. And because DeVonta’s fast and because he’s quick and he has a quick, fast first release, first step, they have to react to when he jabs, and then the other thing on top of that, he’s making it a meaningful jab. You know, some receivers will just kind of — I mean, I know you can’t really see what I’m doing, but put their foot in the ground.

“Well, he puts his foot in the ground, he puts his body that way, and puts his head that way to really get them going, and then he crosses them over to, say, on — you know, how Allen Iverson used to do it.

“So that’s what makes him so effective. Again, his first quick step and then his technique in which he does it with how he gets that guying leaning that way and then come off and do it, So that’s exciting because that’s not something a lot of guys have to do a lot in college. And so, he’s just a quick — again, I always felt like he is a technically sound wide receiver, and he was coached really well at Alabama. And he’s a student of the game.

“So, it’s no surprise. And so, he has that understanding to that, too, that you really got to move them to get off the line of scrimmage.”

Well, if Smith is anything like Iverson, the Eagles, and their fans will be happy!

(WATCH) Iverson, Trout, Dawkins, others announce the Eagles 2019 schedule

To celebrate the release of the 2019 schedule, the Philadelphia Eagles enlisted help from some of their most famous fans, including Mike Trout, The Roots, Brian Dawkins, Diplo, Allen Iverson, Jim Cramer, Lil Dicky, Boyz II Men, and Jon Dorenbos.

Watch below:

Seahawks reenact Allen Iverson stepping over Ty Lue(VIDEO)

There are a lot of great celebrations going on around the NFL, including what we saw today. After scoring a touchdown against the Panthers, Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett and David Moore did a reenactment of Allen Iverson stepping over Tyron Lue in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Take a look:

Metta World Peace joins BIG3; Iverson returns

NEW YORK, NY – November 13, 2017 – The Killers 3s have made the first major move of the BIG3 off season with the signing of their new co-captain: Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace.  The announcement marks the first of eight anticipated co-captain signings, as the league previously announced expanded rosters in 2018 with each team adding an additional co-captain.  Artest, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace will play under his former moniker, a name with a storied NBA history including a Championship title, an All-Star nod, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award.  He joins Chauncey Billups and former Indiana Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s.

Per league rules, Trilogy, the 2017 BIG3 Champions will return with their full inaugural season roster intact for 2018.  With Captain Kenyon Martin, Co-Captain Al Harrington and Coach Rick Mahorn signed to two year deals, the team has re-signed Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover.  Trilogy finished 2017 with a perfect 10-0 record and will seek to defend their championship title when the 2018 BIG3 season tips off next summer.  Trilogy will also add one new co-captain to their roster this offseason.

3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 runner-up, had the option to keep two of their original roster players, or release them all and fully redraft.  Captain Rashard Lewis and Coach Gary Payton opted to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown.  They will also add an additional co-captain this off season.

Additionally, 25 players from the inaugural BIG3 season have already signed to the 2018 Draft Pool.  Among those eligible players are: Eddie Basden, Kareem Rush, Hakim Warrick, Ivan Johnson, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Paul McPherson, Rasual Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Kendall Gill, Moochie Norris, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Al Thornton, Ruben Patterson, David Hawkins, Lee Nailon, Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars, Desmon Farmer, Brian Cook, Eddie Robinson, and Larry Hughes.  Each team will fill their three remaining roster spots at the 2018 Draft.

The BIG3 earlier announced two-year agreements with 21 Player Captains, Co-captains and Coaches from the inaugural season including 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis, 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington and coach Rick Mahorn, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, Bonzi Wells, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and Rick Barry.

The league has also announced Allen Iverson will return as coach of 3’s Company and Mike Bibby has re-signed as captain of Ghost Ballers

Iverson suspended for one game by BIG3

According to TMZ Sports, Hall of Famer and BIG3 player/coach Allen Iverson has been suspended for one game by the BIG3. The 42-year-old Iverson was a no-show in Dallas for Week 6 of the BIG3.

Iverson had been seen at casinos in Chicago before the game, and was spotted at a Chicago restaurant on Sunday night, according to TMZ Sports. 

Iverson apologized to the league in a statement yesterday.

This is big blow for the BIG3. Iverson is their biggest draw. Week 7 of the BIG3 will be in Lexington, KY on Sunday.

Week 6 highlights from the BIG3; Allen Iverson a no-show in Dallas

Week 6 of the BIG3 took place in Dallas on Sunday. A crowd of 15,000 plus expected to see Hall of Famer and player/coach Allen Iverson, but he was a no-show. Currently, the BIG3 is investigating Iverson’s absence.

Here are highlights from Week 6 of the BIG3:

GAME 1: Killer 3s (50, 2-4) vs. Ball Hogs (40, 1-5)


GAME 2: 3 Headed Monsters (50; 5-1) vs. Tri-State (45; 1-5)


GAME 3: Trilogy (51; 6-0) vs. Ghost Ballers (36; 3-3)


GAME 4: 3’s Company (53; 2-4) vs. Power (49; 4-2)


Video/Courtesy: FOX Sports 1

BIG3’s Allen Iverson a no-show in Dallas

Hall of Famer and BIG3 player/coach Allen Iverson was a no-show as the league made a stop in Dallas today.  The league will launch an investigation into Iverson’s absence.

Here is a statement from the BIG3:

Allen Iverson did not show up to today’s BIG3 week 6 game in Dallas as expected.  We had no advance warning and do not have information as to all the circumstances surrounding his absence. The league is launching an investigation to gather all the facts and then will make an informed, official statement.

DerMarr Johnson, Three’s Company’s co-Captain, stepped in to fulfill Player Captain and Coaching duties.

Iverson, 42, played 14 years in the NBA. He has not played much this season, and has been more of a coach than player.


Iverson sits out in his return to Philly; Week 4 highlights of BIG3

Former 76ers stars Allen Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving made their return to Philly on Sunday. A crowd of 12,435 saw an injured Iverson coach, but not play, during the BIG3’s stop in Philadelphia.

Iverson made this announcement via Instagram before the BIG3 action:

Here are the highlights from Week 4, including the Philly faithful showing Iverson some love:

Tri-State (51) vs. 3’s Company (44)(coached by Iverson)


Power (51) vs. Ghost Ballers (44) 


Trilogy (50) vs. Ball Hogs (43)


3 Headed Monsters (51) vs. Killer 3s (46)


Courtesy: FS1

Highlights from Week 3 of the BIG3

(TULSA, OK) July 9, 2017 — BIG3 kicked off Week 3 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday.

MVP Russell Westbrook was there to check out the action.

Sitting courtside, BIG3 co-founder and music legend Ice Cube added enthusiasm to the arena throughout the day, most notably during halftime of Game 4 when the crowd enticed him into an incredible performance of It Was A Good Day.

Check out the highlights from Sunday:

 GAME 1: 3 Headed Monsters (50) vs. Power (32)


GAME 2: Killer 3s (51) vs. Tri-State (44)


GAME 3: Ghost Ballers (50) vs. Ball Hogs (45)


 GAME 4:  Trilogy (50) vs. 3’s Company (42)

Highlights courtesy of FS1

Chauncey Billups makes BIG3 debut; recap and highlights from Week 2

Week 2 of the BIG3 took place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.  In front of a crowd of 10,651 at the Spectrum Center, Week 2 saw the debut of Killer 3s star Chauncey Billups. The 40-year-old Billups, who reportedly will not take the job of president of basketball operations with the Cavs, told the assembled media during a postgame press conference that his decision to sit out week one was in an effort to not take attention away from the league’s debut.

All eight teams were in action on Sunday.

Here are highlights and recaps of all four games from Sunday:

GAME 1: Trilogy (50) vs. 3 Headed Monsters (37)

Trilogy rode the hot hand and physical play of captain Al Harrington to claim the team’s second victory of the season. Harrington led all scorers with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, earning nine points from the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds. Trilogy got off to a fast start to kick off BIG3 Week 2 and took a commanding 16-point lead at halftime. Rashad McCants, a driving force behind UNC’s 2005 NCAA championship, made his return to North Carolina and complemented Harrington with 13 points. In the defeat, captain Rashard Lewis led the way for the team with 17 points and Eddie Basden finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

GAME 2: Power (50) vs. Killer 3s (45)

Killer 3s captain Chauncey Billups dropped 15 points including two 4-pointers, and his co-captain Stephen Jackson added 18 points on 60% shooting from the field (9-15). Billups knocked down a deep shot to give Killer 3s a two point halftime lead, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Power. After going down by four, Power scored 13 of the game’s final 17 points. Power’s captain Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 23 points.

GAME 3: Ball Hogs (50) vs. Tri-State (44)

The Ball Hogs overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to take the victory in Week 2 on the hot shooting of Rasual Butler and Derrick Byars. The duo teamed up for 38 of the team’s total points, including three 3-pointers from Butler and a 4-pointer from Byars. Tri-State’s Mike James scored 17 points. 

GAME 4: Ghost Ballers (50) vs. 3’s Company (45)

The Ghost Ballers came up big to get the team’s first victory of the season, scoring the final ten points of the game. After being down nine points at the half, Ghost Ballers’ captain Mike Bibby turned it on and led both teams with 20 points.  For 3’s Company, Dermarr Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss, and Allen Iverson finished with 2 points.


BIG3’s Week 2 games will air on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night (7/3) at 8pm ET