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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(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:

 

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:

 

 

 

 

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.

Lieberman to coach in BIG3

(LOS ANGELES) March 21, 2018 – The BIG3 has signed WNBA superstar and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman as the next coach of Power, making her the first female head coach in a men’s professional sports league. Lieberman will assume the coaching position vacated by Clyde Drexler who became league commissioner last week.

“Nancy is one of the sharpest basketball minds and also one of the most competitive,” said BIG3 Commissioner Clyde Drexler. “Her experience and basketball acumen will stand out in the BIG3, which is filled with star players and coaches. I couldn’t be happier to pass her the coaching torch.”

 Lieberman, who got a taste of the BIG3 during the inaugural season when she joined Ball Hogs Coach Rick Barry as a guest Assistant Coach for Week 6 in Dallas, will coach Power Captain Corey Maggette and Co-Captain Cuttino Mobley. Team Power, which finished the season in fourth place after falling to Ricky Davis’ Ghost Ballers in the BIG3 Playoffs, will fill three roster spots during the 2018 BIG3 Draft set to take place Thursday, April 12 live on FS1 and the FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps.

“It’s an honor and privilege for me to be a part of the BIG3 and its vision,” said Nancy Lieberman. “We have former NBA players and Hall of Fame coaches who still love the game, have a deep respect for the competition, and a passion to play competitive basketball. It’s in our DNA. Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have provided this unique platform for all of us. Who’s got next?!”

Lieberman brings an unparalleled resume to the league, including eight years of professional play in the Women’s Professional Basketball League and WNBA, eight years of professional coaching experience in the WNBA, NBA D-League (Head Coach of the Texas Legends, affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) and NBA (Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach), and time as a broadcaster for ESPN and ABC. Lieberman also made two Olympic appearances (earning a silver medal) and was named to three All-American teams while winning back-to-back AIAW National Championships at Old Dominion University.

 “We have added an absolutely tremendous coach in Nancy Lieberman – not a tremendous female coach, a tremendous coach, period,” said BIG3 Chairman Amy Trask. “With this latest addition to our BIG3 team, Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have again demonstrated that they hire without regard to gender, race, religion, ethnicity and other individualities which have no bearing whatsoever on whether one can do a job.”

BIG3 Co-Founder and Co-CEO Ice Cube added, “She was a helluva player and she’s a helluva coach. Nancy’s a winner and I expect her to win in this league.”

 The 2018 BIG3 season kicks off Friday, June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Amare Stoudemire joins BIG3

NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 14, 2018 – The BIG3 announced today that Amar’e Stoudemire has signed with the BIG3 as a Co-Captain of Tri-State alongside Captain Jermaine O’Neal and Co-Captain Nate Robinson. This offseason, BIG3 expanded rosters by adding a second Co-Captain to each team. In recent weeks, Baron Davis(3’s Company), Ron Artest (Killer 3s) Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis (Power), Carlos Boozer (Ghost Ballers) and Drew Gooden (3’s Company) have been announced as high-profile Co-Captain acquisitions.

Stoudemire played 14 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, where he won 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, and played for eight seasons. In 2010, he signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent. His high-profile signing put an end to the team’s playoff drought and sparked a three-season playoff run. He went on to play with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, before signing a one-day contract to retire as a New York Knick in 2016. Following his NBA career, Stoudemire moved overseas and played two seasons in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, helping his team win the Israeli Basketball League Cup in 2016 and the Israeli League championship in 2017.

Throughout his career, Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points (15,994 total) and 7.8 rebounds (6,632) in 846 career games. He was a six-time NBA All-Star, and was named to five All-NBA Teams (two first teams, three second teams). He also won a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Stoudemire will join a Tri-State squad that finished sixth in 2017, after falling short to 3’s Company in the BIG3 Playoffs. Tri-State will round out its three remaining roster spots in the BIG3 Draft.

Carlos Boozer joins the BIG3

 NEW YORK, NY – Jan. 25, 2018 – The BIG3 announced today that Carlos Boozer has joined the league as Co-Captain of the Ghost Ballers alongside Captain Mike Bibby and Co-Captain Ricky Davis. The trio will lead the team alongside coach George “The Iceman” Gervin. This offseason, BIG3 expanded rosters by adding a second Co-Captain to each team. In recent weeks, Nate Robinson (Tri-State), Baron Davis (3’s Company), Ron Artest (Killer 3s) and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis (Power), have been announced as high-profile Co-Captain acquisitions. With Boozer’s signing, only three Co-Captain spots remain.

 Boozer played thirteen seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers. After winning the NCAA Championship with Duke in 2001, Boozer was drafted 35th overall by the Cavaliers. Over the course of his career, Boozer averaged 16.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing (2008), made two NBA All-Star teams (2007, 2008) and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003).

 In the BIG3’s inaugural season, the Ghost Ballers finished in third place after defeating Power (led by Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams, and DeShawn Stevenson) in the playoffs. The team will fill its three remaining roster spots in the BIG3 Draft.

 The BIG3 previously announced two-year agreements with 22 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, Allen Iverson, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, Mike Bibby, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and Rick Barry.

 The league has also announced that 25 players from the inaugural BIG3 season have signed to the 2018 BIG3 Draft Pool. Among those players eligible 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’s 10-week season will tip off on June 22 and air live on Friday nights on FOX Broadcast Network and FS1.

Baron Davis signs with the BIG3

LOS ANGELES — Dec. 18, 2017 — BIG3 Co-Founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, and 3’s Company Coach Allen Iverson announced today that former NBA star Baron Davis has signed with the BIG3 and will join 3’s Company as the team’s newest co-captain, alongside DerMarr Johnson. The announcement was made during a special halftime appearance at Baron Davis’ Black Santa First Annual Celebrity Basketball Game Fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., which raised funds for the worthy causes supported by The GOOD+Foundation, The Drew League Foundation and Team Rubicon Foundation.  The BIG3 supported the event with a generous donation.

“At the end of the day, I just wanna hoop. I really love what Cube is doing. A lot fans have been asking me to play, and AI is someone who has always been a big bro to me,” said Davis.  “Hearing about the fun they had this past summer really made me excited to suit up. I have a lot of basketball left, and this is a great opportunity to fill that void I’ve been missing.”

Baron Davis is an entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder over a thirteen-year career. Prior to the NBA, Davis was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year as a member of the UCLA Bruins. He was an Associated Press Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-10 in 1999. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

Off the court, Davis is an avid creator and businessman who has founded several corporate entities, including The Black Santa Company,  which strives to celebrate cultural diversity, the joy of giving, and the magic of good to help build a brighter, more colorful world through original entertainment publication and production. Their latest venture is the Winter Wonderland Mixtape (https://empire.lnk.to/TheBlackSantaWinterWonderlandMixtape), which puts a fresh, inclusive spin on traditional holiday music.

Davis joins a 3’s Company team that finished fifth in 2017. Following a sixth-place regular season, 3’s Company beat Tri-State in the fifth place game in Week 9.

The BIG3 added a co-captain roster spot to each team for the 2018 season, allowing teams to sign an additional top player who will be exempt from the BIG3 Draft. The league previously announced Ron Artest has signed as co-captain of Killer 3s.

 The BIG3 has announced previously two-year agreements with 23 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, Allen Iverson, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, Mike Bibby, 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 that 25 players from the inaugural BIG3 season have signed to the 2018 BIG3 Draft Pool. Among those players eligible 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’s 10-week season will tip off on June 22 and air live on Friday nights on FOX Broadcast Network and FS1.