The New "Big Three"
When you think of “Big 3” in basketball, who do you think of? Jordan, Pippen and Rodman, the “Showtime” Lakers or Parker, Ginobili and Duncan. This “Big 3” is none of those. When you think of leagues former “athletes” play in, what do you think of? men’s slow pitch softball, church league basketball, and a lot of golf. This league is none of those. THIS Big3, the new Big3, is a league that nobody has seen before and one I’m truly excited for.
O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson has been a huge basketball fan his whole life. A notable Kobe Bryant fanatic, he has said he’s been thinking about the idea of creating Big3 for a long time but Kobe’s retirement was Cube’s true motivation to make it happen. Along with co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, Ice Cube created the league, which is a 3 on 3 style basketball league for former NBA players over the age of 30. There will be 8 teams consisting of 5 players each and will play half-court games to 60. It will be typical 2 and 3-point shots but also includes 4-point spots on the court. The games will be played on Saturdays during the summer running from June 24th to August 12th with the draft coming in March of this year.
Ice Cube is not only a huge basketball fan, but also a great businessman. He has a great group around him including, Roger Mason Jr., former NBA Players Union executive, who will serve as the league president and commissioner, as well as Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin and Rashard Lewis who will serve as player-coaches. Other notable players include: Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Jermaine O’Neal, and Stephen Jackson. Bonzi Wells and Gary Payton and George Gervin have also volunteered to coach teams. One of the best part about the league is that it’s a “players’ league”. There aren’t any team owners; Players will get 52% of the league revenue, 30% of which will go to the winning team and coach, and the rest is divided up between the other 7 teams based off standings.
Like I said before, I’m VERY excited for this to start. I’m a huge fan of off-season pro-am tournaments because they include professional players in a less competitive environment. It truly shows how talented NBA players because they’re matched up against “amateurs” and they just dominate. The Big3, in my opinion, will have the same feeling as a pro-am but will be amplified because all of the players are former professionals. Think of how exciting it’ll be to watch A.I., Jason Williams and Kenyon Martin lace up again. Cube has said he’s actively pursuing Kobe, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady to play in the league, and if he’s successful, we’ll be looking at something huge. I can’t wait to watch this over the summer.