BIG3 Moves to Two Cities per week; lowers player-eligible age to 27

After two incredibly successful seasons, the BIG3 announced major expansion plans for the 2019 season. To meet the huge demand from players and fans, the BIG3 will expand to 12 teams for the upcoming season and move to two nights per week. The league will also reduce the age of eligibility to 27, with players still required to have regular season NBA or professional international basketball experience.  By expanding, the BIG3 will visit 18 cities over the course of the season, with three games played at each venue. The expansion news also paves the way for an influx of new talent to join the ranks of fan favorites like Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Rashard Lewis, and Kenyon Martin to name a few.

As part of the expansion announcement, the league also unveiled that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, 2x WNBA Champion, 3x WNBA MVP, and 4x Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie will join the BIG3 as coach of the new expansion team Triplets. Leslie joins BIG3 Championship Coach Nancy Lieberman as the only female head coaches of professional men’s teams, further showing the league’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Over the past two seasons it’s become very clear that there is a huge appetite for the BIG3, not only with the fans, but with elite players as well” said BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube.   “In order to meet that growing interest, the league needs to expand and we are excited to be taking this important next step so early in our existence.”

The remaining coaches, team captains and team names will be announced shortly.  For the latest league news and updates, follow BIG3 on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, or visit their website: BIG3.com.

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Ex-Raptor Jamario Moon: ‘I think Kawhi is going to love Toronto(VIDEO)

Over the past few seasons, the Toronto Raptors had a lot of regular season success, but in the playoffs, specifically against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, the Raptors had some serious struggles, which caused their former head coach Dwane Casey to lose his job and led to the trade of DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs for two-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

On paper, the Raptors look like a better team, but it’s imperative for the Raptors to have a lot of success. First, because they want to win a championship, and the other reason is they want to keep Leonard, who can opt out of his contract next summer. Leonard reportedly wants to be in Los Angeles, but as we saw with Paul George, nothing is guaranteed.

Former Raptor Jamario Moon, who started his NBA career with the Raptors, believes Leonard will fall in love with Toronto.

“For me, Toronto was the first city I played in, and I loved it,” Moon recently told Paul Gant. “Toronto is like a cold Miami, or a cold Los Angles, so I love Toronto, me personally, but everybody got different opinions about different places. But I think Kawhi will love Toronto; the fans are going to treat him like God. They treated me like one of their own, so I feel like he’s going to love it because I loved my time.”

In the end, you don’t know what is going to happen, until it happens, but Toronto can get to the NBA Finals, especially with LeBron James out of the Eastern Conference.

Listen below as Moon talks the BIG3, Raptors chances in the Eastern Conference and Kawhi Leonard:

(Video)Ex-Clip Quentin Richardson on winning BIG3 title: ‘It’s kind of like a Clippers championship'(VIDEO)

The Los Angeles Clippers have been the model of futility over the years. The team has been around for 48 years(Buffalo, San Diego, Los Angeles) and has only been to the playoffs 13 times, which is terrible.

However, in the mid-2000s, things started to get better. The franchise won its first playoff series in the 2005-06 season, and a few years later, they had their best run of success from 2012-2017, where they averaged 54 wins a season during that period, but they never could get past the second round of the playoffs.

Unfortunately, during that time, the team had a lousy owner in Donald Sterling, who was ultimately forced to sell the team to the current owner, Steve Ballmer in 2014. Now, with the trade of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers are back to rebuilding again.

But, fortunately for the Clippers, they may have finally gotten that elusive championship in the most unlikely way.

Team Power, of the BIG3, won the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. Power’s roster has five former Clippers: Corey Maggette, Ryan Gomes, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Quentin Richardson, and Cuttino Mobley, and according to Richardson, you can call this victory a Clippers championship.

“It’s kind of like a Clippers championship because of my Clippers brothers,” Richardson told Paul Gant after winning the BIG3 title.

Listen below as Richardson explains why this is like a Clippers championship:

 

Stoudemire on comeback: ‘I have great health still in my body, and I want to take advantage of it'(Video)

After 15 seasons, Amar’e Stoudemire retired from the NBA in 2016, and took his talents to Israel. Stoudemire would play one season in Israel before announcing his retirement from basketball last September.

However, the 35-year-old Stoudemire changed his mind. This summer Stoudemire joined the BIG3 and announced that he is looking to return to the NBA.

For Stoudemire, playing in the NBA will give him an opportunity to play the game that he loves.

“It’s for the love of the game,” Stoudemire told Paul Gant at the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “I have great health still in my body, and I want to take advantage of it, so if I get a call from a team that wants me to attend training camp, and try to get on with a non-guaranteed contract, I’m down for it.”

I know it’s the BIG3, but watching Stoudemire play this summer, he still has some explosion left in his body. Now, that’s 3-on-3, so the NBA game is very different. However, based on what I saw in Brooklyn, Stoudemire might have enough to make an NBA roster.

If the NBA does not happen for Stoudemire, he is expected to play in Israel next season.

Listen below as Stoudemire talks playing in BIG3, his comeback, playing with Steve Nash, and the 2007 Suns.

 

 

Davis: ‘I been going through a lot of crazy things lately that is not who I am'(VIDEO)

It has been a rough year for former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Back in February, the 32-year-old was arrested in Maryland and later indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution, according to ESPN.

In May, Davis was arrested and charged with felony assault after an altercation with a man back in April outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.

Recently, Davis pled not guilty to those assault charges in court, and he continues to maintain his innocence in the drug case.

Davis, who won an NBA with the Celtics in 2008, has always had the reputation of being a happy go lucky type of guy, which makes these allegations very surprising.

On Friday, Davis and team Power of the BIG3, celebrated a championship after defeating 3’s Company 51-43 in the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After the game, an emotional Davis talked about what playing in the BIG3 has done for him:

“I was dealing with depression before I accepted a contract with you guys, mentally,” Davis said. “Because when I left the game, I left the game in a different phase, and you guys brought that back to me. I been going through a lot of crazy things lately that is not who I am. (Ice)Cube, Clyde(Drexler) they stood by me. They knew who I was as a person, and this team stood by me; in spite of what everybody said out there or what they think or what they might see, and I thank you guys for that.”

Davis last played in the NBA back in 2015 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Listen below as an emotional Davis talks about playing in the BIG3:

 

 

 

 

Corey Maggette named BIG3 MVP; Complete list of regular season awards

The BIG3 announced the winners of the 2018 BIG3 Player Awards in advance of the Championship Game set to air live on FOX at 8pm Friday, August 24 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The honorees were nominated and voted on by the players and coaches with each member of the league able to vote once with equal weight in each available category. Players on the league’s top ranked team, Power, took home the most coveted awards recognizing the team’s hard work and competitiveness spanning the entire season.

Power Captain Corey Maggette earned the league’s top honor as the Most Valuable Player. Following a season-ending injury in the opening game last year, Maggette returned to the court in impressive form and led his team to the BIG3’s best record and a spot in the Championship game. This year, Maggette finished two points shy of the regular season scoring title, second overall in assists, tied for third overall in rebounds, and landed in the top ten in both made 3-pointers and steals. As a testament to his leadership on and off the court, Corey Maggette has also been named Player Captain of the Year.The battle for league MVP was heated this season as Tri-State’s David Hawkins received the second most votes, finishing the season in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, and steals before his team fell to Power in the BIG3 Playoffs.

Making a splash during her BIG3 debut season, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has been named the Coach of the Year. Her team, Power, finished the regular season as the league’s number one seed and prevailed last week in arguably the best game of the season to cement its spot in the Championship. Under her leadership, Coach Lieberman was able to get her players to buy into a truly unselfish, team-first style of basketball that separated them from the pack. Fellow Hall of Famer Gary Payton finished second in voting for Coach of the Year after leading his team to an almost perfect regular season, but he takes home the honor of Best Trash Talker for the effort he displayed with passionate exchanges with coaches, players, and referees alike all season long. The 2017 Best Trash Talker award winner Stephen Jackson and newcomer Nate Robinson were tied for second place.

NBA Champion Chris “Birdman” Andersen was drafted fourth overall this year by Power and brought his constant energy to the floor to earn Defensive Player of the Year. The league leader in blocked shots, Birdman was a force to be reckoned with at both ends of the floor, but was a standout on the defensive side of the ball with maximum effort on every possession as a rim protector who allowed his teammates to play more aggressively. 3 Headed Monsters’ Reggie Evans led the league in rebounds and double doubles, finishing a close second behind Birdman.

BIG3 breakout star Andre Emmett of 3’s Company was recognized as the 4th Man for his adaptability and key contributions all season long. Following a midseason injury to Co-Captain Baron Davis, Emmett led his team to this week’s Championship game, finishing the regular season in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. During last week’s BIG3 Playoffs, Emmett led 3’s Company to victory with a career high 27 points. Trilogy CaptainAl Harrington has locked in the Too Hard to Guard title for the second year in a row. Harrington leads Trilogy in total points scored and was a constant threat on the block and the perimeter whenever he stepped on the court. Andre Emmett and 3 Headed Monsters’ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf tied for a second place finish behind Harrington.

BIG3 has honored Ricky Davis with the inaugural BIG Community Award for all of his service to local communities with the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation. Throughout the season, Davis led the charge and was joined by players, coaches, and BIG3 team members in each of the 10 BIG3 cities to make a real difference by visiting homeless shelters and encampments to deliver fresh produce, toiletries, and support to those who need it the most.

FULL LIST OF BIG3 2018 PLAYER AWARDS:

  • Most Valuable Player: Corey Maggette, Power
  • Coach of the Year: Nancy Lieberman, Power
  • Player Captain of the Year: Corey Maggette, Power
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Andersen, Power
  • Too Hard to Guard: Al Harrington, Trilogy
  • Best Trash Talker: Gary Payton, 3 Headed Monsters
  • 4th Man: Andre Emmett, 3’s Company
  • BIG Community Award: Ricky Davis

BIG3 2018 REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points Scored: Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers (137)
  • 3-Pointers: DeShawn Stevenson, Ball Hogs (19)
  • 4-Pointers: Nate Robinson, Tri-State (3) David Hawkins, Tri-State (3) Baron Davis, 3’s Company (3) and Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers (3)
  • Total Rebounds: Reggie Evans, 3 Headed Monsters (82)
  • Assists: David Hawkins, Tri-State (27)
  • Steals: David Hawkins, Tri-State (13)
  • Blocks: Chris Andersen, Power (11)

Stephen Jackson gives funny response to Kobe Bryant playing in BIG3(Watch)

Rapper and founder of the BIG3 Ice Cube would love for ex-Laker great Kobe Bryant to join the league, but according to Cube, every time he asks Bryant about playing in the BIG3, he gets turned down.

“Yes, every time. He always turned me down, but I don’t care. Next time I see you, Kobe, I’m going to ask you again,” Cube told Rich Eisen.

Recently, at the BIG3 playoffs in Dallas, a reporter asked former NBA player and current BIG3 player Stephen Jackson if Bryant could handle the physical play in the BIG3.

Here is Jackson’s hilarious response:

Highlights from Week 1 of the BIG3

In front of a sold-out crowd of 16,341 at the Toyota Center in Houston,  players such as Nate Robinson, Baron Davis, Metta World Peace, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, Drew Gooden, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer,  and Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen made their BIG3 debuts.

Also, Nancy Lieberman, the first female coach to lead an elite men’s professional team, earned a historic victory last night.

Here are highlights from all 4 games:

 3 Headed Monsters (50; 1-0) vs. Ghost Ballers (48; 0-1)

In a rematch of the first ever BIG3 game, 3 Headed Monsters earned another two-point win over the Ghost Ballers.  After a back-and-forth first half that saw nine lead changes, 3 Headed Monsters led for most of the second half before falling behind 44-43. The two teams traded the lead before new acquisition Reggie Evans collected his own rebound off a missed free throw for a layup, which he followed with a made two-point free throw to put the 3 Headed Monsters up by two. Following a Ricky Davis tying bucket, the sweet-shooting Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf re-entered the game to seal the win with a jumper from the elbow.

Highlights:

 3’s Company (51; 1-0) vs. Killer 3s (30; 0-1)

 The new-look 3’s Company dominated Killer 3s in the second game with a 21-point win that was never in doubt. 3’s Company opened the game on fire, racing out to a 20-4 lead. Co-captain Baron Davis led the way in his BIG3 debut with 13 points, topping a balanced scoring effort in which four players scored more than seven points.  For the Killer 3s, BIG3 newcomer Metta World Peace lead the team with 12 points, while Co-Captain Stephen Jackson contributed 10.

With the win, Cooper became the first coach to win a game in the NBA, WNBA, D-League, NCAA and BIG3.

Highlights:

 Power 51 (1-0) vs. Ball Hogs 31 (0-1)

Power rolled to an impressive victory over the Ball Hogs. New additions Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen and a returning Corey Maggette gave Power a more dynamic attack than the 2017 team that finished third in the league. The game’s highlight came when Andersen made a thunderous block on an attempted Josh Childress tomahawk dunk. Following the block, the ball kicked out to Maggette who took advantage of the loose ball and finished with a jam.

 The win earned basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman the first win by a female coach for a top-flight men’s professional team.

Highlights:

 Tri-State 51 (1-0) vs Trilogy 34 (0-1)

 Nate Robinson, dubbed “The Human Spark Plug” by new teammate Amar’e Stoudemire, lived up to his new nickname with an electric, highlight-reel performance. Robinson brought the night to a close with a show-stopping three-pointer over sparring partner for the night, Rashad McCants. The trio of Co-Captains, Robinson, Stoudemire and the returning Jermaine O’Neal, proved too much for Trilogy, who were missing Co-Captain Al Harrington.

Highlights:

BIG3 announces BIG3 China in 2019

The BIG3, a professional three-on-three Basketball will be coming to China next year. The unveiling of The BIG3 China will be the first game outside of North America for the upstart league that in its first year was broadcast globally in over 30 countries. The BIG3 looks forward to a shared future of cooperation and success of BIG3 basketball in China and the region, and to carry out its mission to change the game.

 The 2018 BIG3 season will tip-off on Friday, June 22 in Houston, TX and will make stops each Friday in a new city including Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and Brooklyn.

 

BIG3 names championship trophy in honor of Dr. J

NEW YORK) June 11, 2018 – In celebration of Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving’s prolific basketball career, the BIG3 has named the league’s championship trophy in his honor. Erving, coaches the BIG3 team Tri-State and joined the league ahead of its inaugural season last year. The Julius Erving Championship Trophy will be presented to the 2018 Season Champions at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, Aug. 24. Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington’s Trilogy took the inaugural season’s Championship Trophy and will defend its title when the 2018 BIG3 Season gets underway on Friday, June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

“Dr. J is a basketball pioneer whose style of play forever changed the way the game of basketball is played,” said BIG3 co-founder and co-CEO Ice Cube. “As a league that perpetually strives to change the game, it only made sense to name our Championship Trophy for a man who has made a career of doing just that.”

During Erving’s career, he won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squires, New York Nets (now the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Erving is the sixth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined) and in 1993 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Erving’s Tri-State will vie for the 24 karat gold Julius Erving Championship Trophy with returning players Captain Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells and newly added Co-Captain Amar’e Stoudemire, Co-Captain Nate Robinson, David Hawkins and Robert Hite. The trophy, crafted by S. R. BLACKINTON, makers of the Kentucky Derby trophy, will be awarded to the 2018 BIG3 champions after the deciding game on Aug. 24.