Two words: Summer basketball.
No, it isn’t the Detroit Pistons, but Little Caesars Arena will host to BIG3 basketball league’s tipoff for its third season on June 22 on CBS. The place will be packed with celebrities, and despite being way past their primes, who wouldn’t want to see former NBA stars talk trash, make dunks and shoot ridiculously far 4-point shots?
The night will showcase a tripleheader: Enemies vs. Bivouac; Power vs. 3’s Company; Trilogy vs. 3-Headed Monsters.
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Pistons radio analyst and former Bad Boy Rick Mahorn will look to add another title to his trophy case. Mahorn coached the Trilogy to a championship in the BIG3’s inaugural season, however, the team was broken up after a disappointing 2018. Now Mahorn will coach the expansion Enemies against the Bivouac. Luckily for him, he has the talent to help him capture his second league title.
The man known as “Agent Zero” will lead the Enemies into their first season. Arenas will serve as a player captain for the expansion team. Since retiring from the NBA, Arenas had a stint in China where he averaged 20.7 points a game. Now he hosts the “No Chill Podcast,” on Complex News’ YouTube Channel.
While Arenas and Mahorn could form a formidable duo, it’ll be tough to get past Smith and Bivouac. Smith, a former Piston and the 2005 NBA slam dunk champion, can still play above the rim and if you’re into dunks don’t take your eyes off of him. Smith is still on the Pistons’ cap sheet for $5.3 million this season, after they waived his contract using the stretch provision in 2014 in Year 2 of a four-year deal.
Continuing the trend of former Pistons, expect to see Bynum paired with his former teammate Smith. Fans may remember when Bynum broke the franchise record for points in a quarter with 26 against the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009. Who knows if he still has the ability to score like that, yet it could be fun to watch him try.
The former Detroit Shock head coach returns to BIG3 when she coaches the Power against 3’s Company. Lieberman replaces NBA champion and Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who also may make an appearance. Drexler stepped down as coach after being promoted to league commissioner. Lieberman has a strong resume of her own. A Hall of Famer herself, Lieberman once had game that earned her the nickname “Lady Magic.”
Wherever Michael Cooper goes, he wins. First he won five NBA titles with the Showtime era Lakers in the ’80s. Then he transitioned into coaching and won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks. Now he hopes to conquer another league as the coach of 3’s Company. If he’s going to do that, he’ll need help from a fellow California star. …
Everywhere you go these days you’ll find “Warriors fans,” but only the true fans remember the “We Believe” era and the star of those teams. Baron Davis enters his second year with 3’s Company, and hopes to find the one thing that eluded him his entire NBA career: a league title.
This list isn’t short of Hall of Famers, yet when it comes to trash talking, Payton is in a class of his own. Payton, an NBA champion with the Miami Heat late in his career and nine-time All-Star, coaches the 3-Headed Monsters into their game against the Trilogy. Payton was a gifted defender, but it was his mouth that created many roadblocks for opponents. It’ll be interesting to see how that will transfer into his coaching.
While not confirmed, there’s a strong probability that league founder, and media icon, Ice Cube will be at his league’s opening night. Cube has ventured into many different fields other than music and the quick growth of the league is another example of his skill as a businessman.
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Tickets for the BIG3 at LCA start at $35. You can buy them through BIG3.com/tickets, 313Presents.com, the LCA box office and Ticketmaster.com.
Published at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:32:31 +0000