Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is building her Hip Hop cred by as she put it on Twitter, “catching up with two legends”.
But, to be sure, Libby didn’t just hang with the rappers..
— 106 KMEL (@106KMEL) July 7, 2018
Just What Is The Big 3?
The Big 3 Basketball Tournament is a kind of cross between the NBA and street ball. Established January 11th 2017, the league takes, for the most part, retired NBA stars like Barron Davis, Mike Bibby, Jermaine O’Neill (and some even more legendary NBA greats like Gary Payton, Rick Barry, Nancy Lieberman, and George Gervin as coaches), and pits them against each other in a traveling road-show game of 3-on-3. The rules for The Big 3 are unique to the league, very different from those for FIFA.
The Big 3 was created by Ice Cube, who paired with Jeff Kwatinetz, his Chief Operating Officer with CubeVision, Cube’s film and television production company located in Santa Monica. Former Oakland Raiders Chief Executive Officer Amy Trask serves as the Chairman of The Board.
The Oakland Oracle Arena “The Big 3” Basketball Tournament event was week 3 in the inaugural season of the sports entertainment league, which played the first two games in Houston and Chicago respectively.
According to the schedule, this set of games in Oakland, on Friday night, was it for the Bay Area. Then, it’s on to Detroit, next Miami, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and The Big 3 Championship in Brooklyn, New York, set for August 24th. (See the schedule, here.)
As for who is on what team, here’s the breakdown, below.
3’s Company (coach) Michael Cooper DerMarr Johnson (captain)
Baron Davis (co-captain)
Drew Gooden (co-captain)
3 Headed Monsters (coach) Gary Payton Rashard Lewis (captain)
Reggie Evans (co-captain)
Damien Wilkins (co-captain)
Ball Hogs (coach) Rick Barry Brian Scalabrine (captain)
Josh Childress (co-captain)
DeShawn Stevenson (co-captain)
Ghost Ballers (coach) George Gervin Mike Bibby (captain)
Ricky Davis (co-captain)
Carlos Boozer (co-captain)
Killer 3s (coach) Charles Oakley Chauncey Billups (captain)
Stephen Jackson (co-captain)
Metta World Peace (co-captain)
Power (coach) Nancy Lieberman Corey Maggette (captain)
Cuttino Mobley (co-captain)
Glen Davis (co-captain)
Trilogy (coach) Rick Mahorn Kenyon Martin (captain)
Al Harrington (co-captain)
Rashad McCants (co-captain)
Tri-State (coach) Julius Erving Jermaine O’Neal (captain)
Nate Robinson (co-captain)
As for who won? Former Golden State Warriors great Barron Davis’ 3’s Company and former Brooklyn (when they were New Jersey) Nets star Kenyon Martin’s Trilogy emerged victorious. The full recap is on The Big 3 website, here.