The NBA season is over and the NBA Draft wrapped up on Thursday, so now what? While some can’t wait for free agency to begin on July 1, we recommend checking out Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 league, the BIG3. The league tips off on Sunday, with four games taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As will be the case every week, games will air the following day (Monday) on Fox Sports One. The league also has its own fantasy game, which will raise the stakes of what already looks like an incredibly fun league.
Ice Cube and company planned this league out to make it as entertaining, exciting, and competitive as it could possibly be, so we decided to give you a heads up on what to expect.
The most notable addition to the basic rules of basketball for BIG3 play is a four-point shot. Beyond that, the BIG3 has a variety of rules designed to speed up the game.
Free throws will be shot from whatever shot you were fouled on. So for instance, if you get fouled on a three-point shot, you take one three pointer. Make it, you get three points. Miss it, you get nothing. The same thing goes for two-point and four-point shots. There’s no fouling out, halftime happens when a squad hits 30 points, the first team to 60 points wins, and there’s no defensive three-second rule.
All personal fouls will be counted as team fouls but after five (in each half) opponents get two shots and the ball. They’ve also kept some of the street rules of pickup ball intact, like winning by two and making sure the ball is cleared past the three-point line if opposing team gets possession inside the inner half-circle.
All in all, it’s a mix of new and old. Oh, and one last old-school 3-on-3 rule: All the games take place in the halfcourt. It wouldn’t be a 3-on-3 game if it happened any other way.
The most important aspect of BIG3, of course, are the rosters. They feature a ton of former big name players, with legends of the game roaming the sideline as a head coach. Here’s who you can expect to see: