What To Expect From Ice Cube’s ‘Big 3’ League

It was just five days into 2017 when Roger Mason, former executive director of the NBA Players Association, decided to leave his position and team up with Ice Cube. No, Mason will not be guest starring in any music videos anytime soon. He will however, be partnering to bring a summertime basketball league called the Big3.

An idea birthed and founded by Ice Cube, the Big3 refers to itself as the “American 3-on-3 professional basketball league. Combining superstar players and fan interaction before and after the games make this an exciting live experience.” The league will begin in June and run every Saturday for 10 weeks.

The Big3 will consist of eight teams of five, and one coach per team. Compromising the teams will be countless former NBA players, including all-stars such as Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Kenyon Martin, and even future HOFer Allen Iverson, among others. Coaches include Hall of Famers Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler and Gary Payton.

With all the names and efforts being put into this, there’s no question that expectations are high for the Big3’s first season. Let’s look at three things you can expect to see this summer.

A street-ball feel

Don’t be mistaken, this league will be real and competitive and not flashy dribbling moves, but it is not the normal NBA rules either. Aside from the obvious 3-on-3 game play, the games will be played in the half court. First team to 60 wins, there’s a special 4-point circle, and no foul outs (DeMarcus Cousins’s dream league). A mix of competitive stakes and pick up rules leaves entertaining possibilities for fans.

Competitive ten weeks of basketball

Despite some of its unique rules, the Big3 is still a league, and with every league you have a champion. These teams, although built of players who are past their NBA primes, still have that desire to win every time they step on a basketball court. You can count on these players and coaches going all out to take home the first ever Big3 Championship. And don’t worry about age being too much of a factor. With half court settings and games every seven days, players will be ready to go every Saturday.

National Exposure

The ten week season starts in the East Coast at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. From there it will stop at eight other cities before arriving at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada for the Championship. This will give fans in major cities in the US a chance to see the action live. And if you don’t live near one of the ten cities don’t worry, Cube got you covered; FOX Sports signed on as The Big3’s broadcasting partner. Get ready for ten weeks of Gus Johnson play-by-play.

There’s no denying the names are there for the Big3 to be a success. From its founder to the players and coaches participating, the potential for this league to take over the summer is absolutely there. Like most new things however, it may take awhile for a loyal fan base to develop. But for those basketball junkies that spend their summer waiting for October, you may have found your next big thing.

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