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Big3 Drops More Big Names

The BIG3 continues to grow in scope and status with the addition of more big-time, legendary names to be associated with the new endeavor.

The BIG3 continues to grow in scope and status with the addition of more big-time, legendary names to be associated with the new endeavor.

Yesterday marked the signing of Clyde Drexler, Ricky Barry and Rick Mahorn as coaches. They join Gary Payton, the Iceman George Gervin, and Allen Iverson, who will also compete as a player in the inaugural season.

The league was founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz. The duo have a long business relationship that spans decades, and they’re committed to the league’s success.

As you can tell from the roster, the legends believe in the business model, too.


As was previously reportedly, the BIG3 is scheduled to start on June 24, 2017 and run through August 26. Games will be played every Saturday in a different arena and city across the country. Locations will be announced soon, according to league officials. All four games will take place the same day so that fans can see their favorite legends all at once.


When I learned about the quality of the individuals involved in the creation of the league, along with name players, I reached out immediately to lend my coaching experience and become a part of what I think will be a competitive and entertaining league. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide compete in 3-on-3 basketball, but nowhere will you find the caliber of players found in the BIG3, said Barry.

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It has also been announced that Al Harrington and Ricky Davis will join the league as players.

They will join Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby and a growing list of one-time upper tier NBA talent are already in the fold.


They’re not messin’ around.

Player captains will select their coaches as part of a draft that will take place in early Spring.


We are excited for these three icons to join our league, said Roger Mason Jr., the leagues Commissioner and President. The addition of these greats and the outpouring of interest from our industry continues the incredible momentum and enthusiasm weve seen for the BIG3 since the league was announced.

Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.