If you didn’t know it by now, the BIG3 is an absolute gem.
The 3-on-3 league created by Ice Cube is almost halfway through its second season, and it’s filled with former NBA stars who still have some leftover game.
The summer circuit comes to a different city every week for 10 weeks, and its eight teams play quadrupleheaders on Fridays. The fourth round of games took place at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, where those stars showed once more that they aren’t ready to slow down.
Three seems to be the magic number for the league, with five of its teams (3’s Company, Killer 3’s, Trilogy, Tri-State, Three-Headed Monsters) incorporating that theme.
In honor of that motif, here are the top three moments from Week 4 of the BIG3:
3. Big man nostalgia
Glen “Big Baby” Davis of Power and Carlos Boozer of the Ghost Ballers squared off in the final game of the night. It was quality hoops mixed with pure comedy.
Fox Sports 1 reporter Michael Rapaport went around the court for pregame interviews, getting some insight from Carlos Boozer before having Davis tell him what he had for breakfast:
“We’re just gonna have to beat them and beat them real good.” – @iambigbaby11 to @MichaelRapaport on playing a team that is 0-3. pic.twitter.com/6e3quUlkHo
— FS1 (@FS1) July 14, 2018
Boozer dominated with 15 points and 16 rebounds, but Power got the win as Corey Maggette scored a game-high 19 points to go with seven boards. Davis added 11 points (including a . . . wait for it . . . 3-pointer) and seven rebounds, while Chris “Birdman” Andersen scored three points in a brief appearance.
Looks like Glen “Big Baby” Davis got some pointers from Draymond Green. Carlos Boozer would probably concur. (Getty Images)
In the third game of the night, Amar’e Stoudemire of Tri-State showed no signs of rust when he scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds in a loss to the 3-Headed Monsters. No play, however, was as memorable as this slam:
Amar’e Stoudemire still has ABSOLUTELY NO CHILL.
?: @thebig3 , @FS1 pic.twitter.com/GnQir604RP
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 14, 2018
2. Some things never change
Metta World Peace of the Killer 3’s got the night started with a bang when he was ejected in the opening minutes of Game 1.
Metta being Metta pic.twitter.com/xFos0gilmi
— FS1 (@FS1) July 13, 2018
The punt was nice, too. Looks like someone’s been watching the World Cup.
A reminder for fans: Back when World Peace was known as Ron Artest, he was right in the middle of the Malice at the Palace on Nov. 19, 2004, when he playing for the Pacers against the Pistons in Auburn Hills.
1. Mahmoud keeps getting buckets and his team keeps winning
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will be hitting the half-century mark soon, but that isn’t stopping him from taking those younger than him to work.
In Week 3, his 3-pointer gave the 3-Headed Monsters a 51-49 win over the Killer 3’s. The shot was incredibly clutch, considering that the first team to 50 points wins, but it has to win by two. Abdul-Rauf did that all in one shot.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who turns 50 in March, still has ice in his veins.
?: @FS1 , @thebig3 pic.twitter.com/B9mfNpBen3
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 7, 2018
Fast-forward to Week 4. Nate Robinson of unbeaten Tri-State didn’t want his team to go down to one of the old heads in a league full of them.
“I can’t let a 49-year-old guy show me up.” – @nate_robinson to @MichaelRapaport on playing against Mahmoud Abdul Rauf. pic.twitter.com/mwy57xQLL2
— FS1 (@FS1) July 14, 2018
Robinson’s comments didn’t faze Abdul-Rauf, who dropped 14 points and dished out four assists in a 50-48 win.
3 HEADED MONSTERS VS TRI-STATE HIGHLIGHTS pic.twitter.com/qND1eqhFcm
— BIG3 (@thebig3) July 14, 2018
The 3-Headed Monsters are the only undefeated team in the league at 4-0.
This league is awesome.