By Fred L. Jones, Jr.
Three on Three Basketball is a grown man’s way of playing the basketball game so many people love, it’s a grind it out, in your face type of basketball competition. Absolutely no fast breaks here, it’s purely a methodical basketball competition appreciated by those who know its hammer down half court style.
Basketball enthusiast are invited to attend the new and exciting BIG3 Basketball league as it makes it stop at Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center Sunday, July 9th with the first of four games tipping off at 2 pm.
The BIG3 debuted the newly formed league in Brooklyn, New York three weeks ago at the Barclays Arena. When Rashard Lewis trotted onto the court for the first-ever game in BIG3 history, he could feel the magic of the moment. What he saw was a crowd of more than 15,000 in attendance at the Barclays Center to witness the debut of the much-anticipated professional 3-on-3 basketball league.
“It gave me chills,” said Lewis. “Almost like that first day of school.”
It was a day of firsts for all involved, and many of the players echoed that feeling of excitement about being back on the hardwood in front of an enthusiastic crowd. In addition to league co-founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, other notables who were on hand for the event included LL Cool J, Whoopi Goldberg, James Harden, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and DeAngelo Russell.
As it turned out, with one day under its belt, Lewis leads the league in firsts. Lewis’ 3-Headed Monsters played the Ghost Ballers in the first-ever BIG3 contest. In that game, Lewis hit the jumper that gave the 3-Headed Monsters a 30-29 lead – signaling halftime. In the second half, he made the league’s first 4-pointer. And then he made the first-ever game-winning shot.
Lewis also has made it possible for children under (13 and under) can attend FREE with an adult ticket purchased. Keep in mind this offer is only available for purchase at your local venue box office (not online).
Last Sunday On Sunday, the inaugural BIG3 League played Week 2 of its schedule, with games played in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Spectrum Centre was the latest host venue on a nationwide tour, with all eight teams once again competing. A former member of the NBA Championship-winning Detroit Pistons, Chancey Billups made his return to basketball in, while at least one team moved to a perfect 2-0 in the early BIG3 standings.
Here is the schedule for the BIG3 Tulsa tipoff 2 pm July 9th at the BOK Center:
GAME 1: Power vs. 3 Headed Monsters
GAME 2: Killer 3s vs. Tri- State
GAME 3: Ball Hogs vs. Ghost Ballers
GAME 4: Trilogy vs. 3’s Company