Basketball fans who already miss the NBA will get a chance to see some exciting games in the Big3.
The three-on-three league founded by Ice Cube features several notable former NBA players, from Allen Iverson to Jason Williams to Kwame Brown to Brian Scalabrine. No matter who wins, every matchup should be entertaining.
While the first week of the season took place Sunday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, it will be shown on a delay Monday. Here is what you need to know about the league’s debut.
Big3 Debut Broadcast Schedule
When: June 26 at 8 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Game 1: Ghost Ballers (Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Mo Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson) vs. 3 Headed Monsters (Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf)
Game 2: Tri-State (Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James) vs. Power (Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris)
Game 3: 3’s Company (Allen Iverson, DerMarr Johnson, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Ruben Patterson, Al Thornton) vs. Ball Hogs (Brian Scalabrine, Josh Childress, Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Dominic McGuire)
Game 4: Killer 3s (Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook) vs. Trilogy (Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover)
If you enjoyed watching the NBA in the late 1990s to early 2000s, this league is perfect for you. There are plenty of noteworthy players worth watching for nostalgia, while most of them can still get it done on the basketball court as well.
In addition to the talented players on each roster, the coaches are even bigger stars with Julius Erving, Gary Payton and Charles Oakley among those leading the three-on-three squads.
“I think it’s going to be incredibly good. The games are exciting, the players are still talented and they’re fun to watch,” Clyde Drexler, Hall of Fame player and coach of the Power said of the new league, per the Associated Press (via USA Today).
Iverson also serves as a player, captain and coach for 3’s Company, which means he will get some minutes on the court, although he will also spend a lot of time deferring to the rest of the men on the roster.
The games are untimed in a first-to-60 format, although you have to win by two. There are also some unique twists, including a four-point shot from a long distance.
It was more than enough to keep a full crowd engaged throughout the day of action:
Adding in noteworthy celebrities sitting courtside, there is nearly as much hype as the NBA playoffs. It certainly blows the NBA regular season out of the water, at least in intrigue, if not in the level of play.
Without many sporting events to compete with over the next couple of months, the Big3 could be an exciting addition throughout the summer.