But if you're like me, you had to educate yourself a bit on the newly formed organization. The BIG3 is a 3-on-3 league make up of primarily former NBA and international pro players. It was co-founded by Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz in early 2017. The commissioner is former NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Clyde Drexler. Prior to the 2018 season, the league picked up sponsorship from ADIDAS in a deal that runs through the spring of 2021.
Up until now, the league had nine teams in their first two seasons. Entering their third year, they will expand to 12 teams and lower the age requirement to play from 30 to 27 years old. The names and coaches of the new teams have yet to be announced. The season runs from mid-June to the end of August and each team will play twice a week and games will be played across 18 different cities this summer.
Other coaches within the league include former WNBA coach Michael Cooper, NBA champion Gary Payton, Nancy Lieberman and Julius Erving to name a few. Nancy Lieberman coaches the Power, and took her squad to the championship in her first season in 2018.
A Deeper Look Inside the BIG3
With 3-on-3 competition taking off across the globe, the BIG3's rules differ from FIBA in many ways.
Per standard 3-on-3 rules, all games are played in the half court.
They use standard 2 and 3 point shots for scoring as opposed to FIBA's 1 and 2 point shots.
NBA three-point line is used.
They feature three "Four Point" zones. These zones are thirty feet away from the basket at half court, centered and on both sides. In order to achieve the four points, one of the player's feet must be touching one of the circular zones.
Standard and-1 rules apply — when fouled a player will shoot one free throw on a made basket.
The game is played on a 14-second shot clock as opposed to FIBA's 12 seconds.
A player cannot foul out of the game, all fouls are charged to the entirety of the team. After the fifth team foul, teams get two guaranteed free throws and possession of the ball.
If you steal the ball, you do not have to clear it.
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