The BIG3 returned to Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday afternoon – marking the league’s first visit since Week 2 of the inaugural season of 2017.
Here are the game recaps and highlights from Week 2 in the BiG3:
Triplets (51, 2-0) vs. Trilogy (41, 0-2)
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DIrTUWJL4Y
The Triplets’ (2-0) focus on ball movement and quality shooting resulted in another winning performance Saturday afternoon. Leading the way was team captain Joe Johnson, who worked through frequent double teams to put up another solid performance (20 pts, 8 reb and 5 ast). Former Bobcat and Hornet Al Jefferson helped build upon the Triplet’s inside out game with 14 points.
Johnson scored the team’s final eight points, including a major 4-pointer that put any Trilogy comeback hopes to bed.
Trilogy, despite the loss, put together a solid effort, shooting 54.8% from the field. They were led by stellar offensive play from James White, who scored 18 points and added six rebounds. DeShawn Stevenson contributed 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals).
Triplets are now (2-0); Trilogy is now (0-2)
Ball Hogs (45, 0-2) vs Enemies (50, 1-1)
Video Highlights: https://youtu.be/tzREQDE6t2E
The second game of the day proved to be a tale of two halves. At the end of the first, the Ball Hogs – paced by a dominating performance from big man Will McDonald (27 pts and 11 reb) – held a 26-13 lead over Enemies. Coach Rick Barry and company eventually lost momentum when their first-year opponents, led by Craig Smith (21 pts and 4 reb), put together a 20-2 second half run.
Three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas (13 pts and three reb) scored the winning points for his new team. His late, 2-point free throw was enough to seal the deal for the squad’s impressive comeback win. Frank Robinson (8 pts and 11 reb) and Royce White (10 pts, 8 reb and 2 ast), who was ejected early into his BIG3 debut last week, added to the effort.
Ball Hogs are now (0-2); Enemies are now (1-1)
Killer 3s (50, 2-0) vs 3’s Company (32, 0-2)
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AfZ_v3a7hs
Killer 3s built upon its close Week 1 victory with a blowout win Saturday afternoon. The team lived up to their namesake, hitting six 3-pointers in the 18-point win. They improved to 2-0, behind 22 points from former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Jackson (3-of-6 behind the arc, including a 4-point play), and the crafty playmaking ability of CJ Watson.
Killer 3s started to take things over just before halftime, beginning with a corner three from CJ Watson that gave them a 27-19 lead at the break. Several 3-point shots from Watson and a 4-point shot from Jackson allowed Coach Charles Oakley to get his bench involved and help close things out. Franklin Sessions would eventually seal the deal with a 3-pointer.
Drew Gooden and Andre Emmett each scored 10 points for 3’s Company.
Killer 3s are now (2-0); 3’s Company is now (0-2)
NEXT WEEK’S MATCHUPS
- Saturday 7/6 (Birmingham, Ala.): 3’s Company vs. Tri-State, Aliens vs. Ball Hogs, Enemies vs. Ghost Ballers
- Sunday 7/7 (Atlanta): 3 Headed Monsters vs. Killer 3s, Power vs. Trilogy, Triplets vs. Bivouac
Today, BIG3 – the professional 3-on-3 basketball league founded by producer, actor, and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz – announced select cites and dates on the 2019 schedule ahead of the highly anticipated 3rd season of summer basketball.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 for games in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta; May 20 in Indianapolis; May 22 in Charlotte; May 24 in Birmingham; and May 31 in Providence. Additional cities and on sale dates will be announced soon.
The season tips off at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, June 22 live in primetime on CBS at 8PM ET.
During the upcoming 11-week BIG3 season, games will air live on CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network on both Saturdays and Sundays, with a champion crowned live on CBS on Sunday, September 1. CBS Television Network will broadcast more than 20 hours throughout the season, with CBS Sports Network set to televise more than 25 hours of additional live game coverage.
Here is the BIG3 schedule:
June 22 — Detroit (Little Caesars Arena) *Tickets on sale May 17
June 23 — Indianapolis (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) *Tickets on sale May 20
June 29 — Charlotte (Spectrum Center) *Tickets on sale May 22
June 30 — Philadelphia (Liacouras Center) *Tickets on sale May 17
July 6 — Birmingham (Legacy Arena at the BJCC) *Tickets on sale May 24
July 7 — Atlanta (State Farm Arena) *Tickets on sale May 17
July 13 — Providence (Dunkin Donuts Center) *Tickets on sale May 31
July 14 — New York (Barclays Center)
July 20 — Kansas City (Sprint Center)
July 21 — Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
August 3 — Chicago (Allstate Arena)
August 17 — Dallas (American Airlines Center)
August 18 — San Antonio (AT&T Center)
September 1 — Los Angeles (STAPLES Center) *Championship
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 Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or visit their website: BIG3.com.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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)