Ice Cube’s Big 3 Basketball Leagues is set to tipoff their inaugural season today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The games will be televised on the following day on Fox Sports. While basketball fans have had mixed feelings about the league, Big 3 Basketball should provide some exciting 3 0n 3 basketball action. Ice Cube knows how to entertain and that’s what this league is all about. Although he isn’t listed on any team’s roster, the entertainment icon says he will play in the league. Big 3 Basketball held their first annual basketball draft in Las Vegas in May and will feature many familiar faces from the NBA. Big 3 Basketball will pay the players on a revenue sharing format. The league will be operated and managed by the players. The league’s website states “No outsiders. No politics. Just highly competitive basketball played as it’s meant to be.”
Ticket prices are moderately inexpensive starting at $27 for adults and Rashard McCants has announced that tickets for kids 13 and under will be on him with the purchase of an adult ticket. If you’re in the area, this could be a fun and affordable way to spend a Sunday with the family. Below is an overview of the league including Big 3 Basketball rules, team rosters, schedules, and television coverage.
All games will be half-court play
First team to score 60 points wins.
Half-time takes place when a team scores 30 points.
Teams must win by two points.
Standard 2 and 3 point shots apply.
Exclusive 4 point shots when a player is touching ANY PART of the “4 Point Circle”
Steals do not have to be cleared.
Defensive rebounds that touch the rim must be cleared.
Defensive rebounds that don’t touch the rim do not have to be cleared
The ball is cleared when the player with the ball establishes both feet behind the 3 point line. The ball can be cleared by dribbling or passing.
The defensive rebounder that makes a direct pass that clears the ball, must clear the lane and re-establish himself before his team’s shot or pass hits the rim.
If a shot or pass hits the rim without being cleared it will result in a turnover.
There is no defensive “3 second” rule.
All personal fouls will be counted as team fouls: No foul outs.
On and after the 5th team foul (per half) opponents get 2 shots and ball possession
A shooting foul on a missed basket will reward 1 free-throw shot attempt to the shooter.
On a 2 point attempt. Player gets 1 shot (for 2pts) from the free throw line.
On a 3 point attempt. Player gets 1 shot (for 3pts) from the top of the 3 point line.
On a 4 point attempt. Player gets 1 shot (for 4pts) from the top 4pt circle.
A technical foul results in opponent being awarded 2 free-throw shots for 2-points each and possession of the ball.
All games are scheduled to air on Fox Sports 1 (check local listings) the day after the games. Hopefully, the games will air live if Big 3 Basketball becomes successful and catches on with the public. The broadcast team covering the games should provide quality as well as entertainment. Here’s a look at who will be commentating during the games.
Allen Iverson‘s led 3’s Company team is the early favorite to be both the most popular team and the best in the league. However, don’t count out the 3 Headed Monsters led by Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams who very well could be the best ball handler in the league. The Killer 3’s looks to have a solid roster as well and player/coach Charles Oakley should be entertaining to watch on the sidelines. Especially since technical fouls do not result in ejections, but gives the opposing team more free throws. While Iverson will be the player to watch in the league, there is plenty of former NBA stars that still have something left in the tank.
BIG 3 FANTASY BASKETBALL:
This isn’t a typo. Big 3 Basketball will have fantasy basketball leagues out of the gate. It’s unsure whether there will be prizes will be awarded, but having another fantasy league to play during the summer could add a little more excitement for basketball fans. The rules for Big 3 Fantasy Basketball are straight forward, but provide some interesting and challenging tweaks. The most notable one is that your team must have one player from each of the eight teams to fill your eight man roster. Wanna Play? You can sign up on the Big 3 website.
The verdict is still out on how successful Big 3 Basketball will be, but Ice Cube knows a thing or two about entertaining his fans. The league has some good half-time festivities lined up which may or may not feature Ice Cube performing as well. The league has also asked youth and community choirs to post a video of their performance to the league’s twitter account and one choir from each city will be selected to sing the national anthem each week of the season.
Start up leagues are tough to catch on with the fans, but if Big 3 Basketball gets a chance, it could fill a void in the summer time for both die-hard basketball fans and casual sports fans alike. If you’re a basketball fan, you should at least give Big 3 Basketball a chance. Watch it for a couple of weeks and see if you like it. While Big 3 Basketball will be a lot different from the NBA, it should provide for some quality basketball action that may have some street ball feel to it. With the Olympics adding 3 0n 3 basketball in 2020 at the Tokyo games, this could make Big 3 Basketball popular from the start.