A new basketball league opened over the weekend, and the sports world was shocked at the results.
Rapper-actor Ice Cube started the 3-on-3 BIG3 basketball league, which features former NBA greats as both players and coaches.
The league currently has eight teams which are coached by former players Allen Iverson, Gary Payton, George Gervin, Julius Erving, Rick Mahorn, Rick Barry, Clyde Drexler, and Charles Oakley.
Each team consists of five players, and one coach. There will be eight regular season games, followed by two postseason weeks to determine a champion. The 3-on-3 game is played on a half court, and follows traditional two and three point scoring rules. A four point shot is also available.
The players are a mix of former NBA stars including 46 year old Kenny Anderson, 39-year-old Kenyon Martin, 41-year-old Jason Williams, 49-year-old Kendall Gill, and 48-year-old Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
On Sunday, the crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was treated to various musical performances, in addition to the four games of the week. Many in the audience were absolutely shocked that there was only one major injury. During the game between the 3 Headed Monsters and the Ghost Ballers, the point guard nicknamed “White Chocolate” went down with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
The Daly Dose was able to speak with a few members of the opening day crowd, and the consensus was definitely a feeling of surprise.
“I brought my son here to see some injuries. We saw one big one, but I thought there would be more.” said Dahntay from Brooklyn.
Jason traveled from upstate New York with his wife and two children. “We have been to some NASCAR races, and we have seen some bad crashes. I drove the family here to see a few of these old guys go down in a similar fashion. I was kind of surprised that we only saw it happen once. But I guess we can hope it’s a little better next week,”
Next week’s games will take place in NASCAR country as it moves to the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Maybe a NASCAR city will be the site for more breakdowns.