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    http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/05/01/...m-rosters-set/

    Rashad McCants top pick in Ice Cube’s BIG3 League draft, team rosters set


    Investors — including Ice Cube — are betting big that fans will pay to see (or watch/stream at home) former NBA players suit up and play three-on-three ball this summer. So they formed a league and have put together a 10-city tour that starts in Brooklyn June 25 and will barnstorm around the country, before landing in Las Vegas for the championship on Aug. 26

    The Big3 League has a lot of big names attached — Allen Iverson, Dr. J, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Jason Williams, and others, some of whom will suit up and play. Last weekend the teams conducted their draft in Las Vegas to round out those rosters, and former Timberwolves scorer was the No. 1 overall pick.

    The event had some strange moments. Like Stephen Jackson and Bonzi Wells saying they could form an NBA playoff team today with the guys in this draft (there’s a reason that these guys, in their late 30s or beyond, are not in the league right now). Or, there was the appearance of Smush Parker.


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    Anyway, the draft is done and here are the teams and their players:

    3’s Company: Allen Iverson (captain/coach), DerMarr Johnson (co-captain), Andre Owens, Michael Sweetney, Ruben Patterson

    3 Headed Monsters (coached by Gary Payton): Rashard Lewis (captain), Jason Williams (co-captain), Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

    Ghost Ballers (coached by George Gervin): Mike Bibby (captain), Ricky Davis (co-captain), Maurice Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson

    Killer 3s (coached by Charles Oakley): Chauncey Billups (captain), Stephen Jackson (co-captain), Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook

    Power (coached by Clyde Drexler): Corey Maggette (captain), Cuttino Mobley (co-captain), Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris

    Trilogy (coached by Rick Mahorn): Kenyon Martin (captain), Al Harrington (co-captain), Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover

    Tri-State (coached by Julius Erving): Jermaine O’Neal (captain), Bonzi Wells (co-captain), Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James

    Ball Hogs (coached by Rick Barry): Brian Scalabrine (captain), Josh Childress (co-captain), Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Ivan Johnson

    It should be an interesting summer. And since the players get more money for finishing higher in the standings, you can bet they will take seriously.

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    Correction: Ball Hogs' 5th player is Dominic McGuire, not Ivan Johnson (who plays for Ghost Ballers already).

    Also, Steve Francis, Kendall Gill, Joe Smith, Smush Parker, D.J. Mbenga, Kareem Rush, Earl Boykins and Al Thornton went undrafted, per http://www.basketballforever.com/201...esults-rosters.

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    Big3 begins: Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 league starts with a bang


    NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3.

    The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 basketball venture can't deliver.

    The rapper-actor's league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both decided on winning shots in front of 15,177 fans.

    Iverson's team won the third game, though as player-coach he only put himself in for 9 minutes. At 42 years old, the former NBA MVP said he doesn't expect to be playing heavy minutes in the 10-game season.

    "But I think the best part about this game here tonight and all the other games, it was exciting all throughout," Iverson said. "It didn't need Allen Iverson the player, per se."

    The quality of play was spotty, as players had to shake off sometimes years of rust. But it was certainly competitive.

    "I think it's going to be incredibly good. The games are exciting, the players are still talented and they're fun to watch," said Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who coached Power to a 62-58 victory over Tri State in the second game on DeShawn Stevenson's 3-pointer.


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    Entertainers such as LL Cool J and NBA All-Star James Harden were in the crowd for the first two games before Iverson, the main attraction among players, took the court following a concert.

    He may be the biggest name in the league, but his role on the court will be minor.

    "I signed up to be a coach, player and captain. Coach part is going to go on throughout the game," Iverson said. "Playing part is not going to be what you expect.

    "You're not going to see the Allen Iverson of old out there."

    He can't be blamed, given the risk of injury for players way past their primes. Jason Williams, the flashy point guard nicknamed "White Chocolate," went down with a right leg injury late in the opener, and Corey Maggette had to come out of the second game. Both were expected to be OK.


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    And that might not stop more players from wanting to play. Recently retired Paul Pierce was in the crowd and Andre Owens, the star of Iverson's 3's Company, said Kevin Garnett might want to play.

    "Sky's the limit. Obviously you see the debut," Iverson said. "I didn't even expect it to be like this, and then obviously guys that's retired now, to see the outcome of this situation right here, probably are going to get that itch."

    Games are played to 60 points but teams have to win by two, and getting to 60 wasn't enough in either of the first two games.

    In the opener, Rashard Lewis made a three-point play with his team facing game point as 3 Headed Monsters edged Ghost Ballers 62-60.

    The game has gimmicks — Lewis made the first 4-point shot and teams had 14 seconds to shoot. Team names included 3's Company and Killer 3s and some players wore nicknames on their jerseys, with Jerome Williams going with "Junk Yard Dog" on his.

    Cube vowed the games would be competitive — players are vying for a revenue share based on final league standings. There was pushing and shoving in the post and a few hard fouls, and the physicality and trash talk appeared to heat up as the games went on. With hand checking allowed, the games looked nothing like today's NBA game.

    "Some people like that style, some people don't," Trilogy's Kenyon Martin said. "So we're here to fill that void for the people that appreciate the way the game has been played forever, you know what I'm saying? Basketball is a contact sport."

    The eight-team league will play on 10 weekends, culminating with the Aug. 26 championship in Las Vegas. Games are shown on Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.

    3 HEADED MONSTERS 62, GHOST BALLERS 60

    The 3 Headed Monsters blew a late lead after Williams went down and the Ghost Ballers went ahead 60-59 before Lewis scored and drew a foul, making the free throw to finish the game.

    Lewis finished with 27 points and former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the 3 Headed Monsters. Ricky Davis led the Ghost Ballers with 23 points.

    POWER 62, TRI STATE 58

    Stevenson finished with 20 points for the Power, making five 3-pointers. Maggette scored 15 and Cuttino Mobley had 14.

    Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 points for Tri State, coached by Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Mike James had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

    3'S COMPANY 61, BALL HOGS 51

    Andre Owens had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Iverson's team. DerMarr Johnson added 14 points and Al Thornton scored 13.

    Iverson finished 1 for 6 with two assists.

    Rasual Butler made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Ball Hogs. Derrick Byars chipped in 19.

    TRILOGY 60, KILLER 3's 45

    Al Harrington scored 25 points as Trilogy cruised in the final game of the day. James White added 16.

    Reggie Evans scored 18 and Stephen Jackson 17 for the losers.

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    Some interesting names in that above article. Jermaine, Al Harrington and Andre Owens. I assume that's one-time Perry Meridian and IU guard Andre Owens. And a James "Flight" White sighting.

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    JO finally gets to play again with Bonzi Wells.

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    Some interesting names in that above article. Jermaine, Al Harrington and Andre Owens. I assume that's one-time Perry Meridian and IU guard Andre Owens. And a James "Flight" White sighting.
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    Big3 is on
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    The camera angle is crap.
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    This is going the way of the XFL pretty quick...it'll be interesting for maybe a few months, people will get bored of same acts real quick and they'll struggle to sell, I mean they can't even get live TV airings atm for their first game(s) it can't be that well financially backed.
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    Kwame Brown and Rashard Lewis look good.
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    This is going the way of the XFL pretty quick...it'll be interesting for maybe a few months, people will get bored of same acts real quick and they'll struggle to sell, I mean they can't even get live TV airings atm for their first game(s) it can't be that well financially backed.
    This can be another 30 for 30 Ice Cube can narrate

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    Kwame Brown and Rashard Lewis look good.
    Kwame is only 35... he should look good

    He may be the MVP of the league. That's a good look....

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    Kwame is only 35... he should look good
    Actually some of the guys in it are about that same age.
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    Shouldn't the 3 Headed Monsters have been called the Hydra?

    Anyway, this is... something.

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    Listening to Gary Payton coach is the best part.

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    Oh my white chocolate
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    This thing is fun
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    I don't care what the haters say that was a fun first game.
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    This is actually pretty fun to watch.

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    I don't care what the haters say that was a fun first game.
    At the very least it appears more competitive than the NBA these days.

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    At the very least it appears more competitive than the NBA these days.
    Specially for those wanting 80's basketball back.
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    Al Harrington looks like he could still play 15 minutes a night for a lot of teams.

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    Finding it a bit odd that games are shown the day after they're played so already know results. Why can't they get it live? Also a Monday night is a stretch for me. Outside-US audiences got to really care to stay up for sports.
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    Outside-US audiences got to really care to stay up for sports.
    this is true, but you realize you're talking about a 3 on 3 league full of washed dudes right? I'm surprised it's on tv HERE.

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