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.