The new Big3 basketball league, which is a 3-on-3 league created by Ice Cube and featuring former NBA players, tipped off this weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in front of 15,177 fans. Four games with all eight of the league’s teams played.
All of the teams have fantasy-like team names such as the Power, coached by former NBA star Clyde Drexler coaching the Power which beat Tri-State 62-58 on a game-winning three-pointer from 13-year NBA veteran DeShawn Stevenson.
The game’s unique rules may need some tweaking as some games lasted longer than necessary. Instead of using a game clock, the teams play to 60 points and a two-point lead to win. The rules also have four-point shots from three spots on the floor. However, some games had long stretches that were scoreless and some of the quality of play looked like a game of retired NBA stars.
Results from the first games:
3-Headed Monsters 62, Ghost Ballers 60 – Rashard Lewis led the 3-Headed Monsters with 27 points. Trailing 60-59, Lewis scored and drew a foul, making the free throw to win the game.
Power 62, Tri State 58 – DeShawn Stevenson finished with 20 points for the Power, making five 3-pointers. Cory 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 Allen 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.
Triology 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 Killer 3’s.
The league has received mixed reviews from the first weekend. Some like the style of play while other do not. The teams will have 10 more weekends to win over their critics and fans as they will finish with the championship game in Las Vegas on August 26.
The teams will play this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.