Big3 title game rolls into MGM Grand garden Arena Saturday.

BIG3 Hoops Roll Into Las Vegas, Eclipsed By Hyped Boxing Bout

By ALAN SNEL

 

They played only a few hours before the big “Money Fight” Saturday and the former NBAers playing in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 basketball tourney provided an entertaining product for hoops insiders to enjoy.

 

The Big3 rolled into Las Vegas this weekend and its footprint in the Sin City sports scene would have been much bigger if not for boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC star and champ Conor McGregor  picking Aug. 26 for their so-called “fight-of-the-century” spectacle at T-Mobile Arena.

 

The half-court, first-to-50-points set-up provided the right space and the right length of time to highlight former NBA players, such as Rashard Lewis and Kwame Brown of  the 3 Headed Monsters, coached by Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton. On Saturday afternoon, they lost to Trilogy, which won the championship to cap an 10-0 season with former NBA players Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin and Rashad McCants. Former “Bad Boy” Pistons enforcer Rick Mahorn was their coach.

 

Cube, the rapper and actor, gave the 3-on-3 competition instant credibility and the former NBA players offered instant content for FOX Sports, which broadcast the title game.

 

When Cube walked on to the half court at MGM Grand Garden Arena, he was mobbed and fans broke out their smart phones to snap photos.

 

Fans yelled for Big3 co-creator Ice Cube Saturday.

 

The relaxed atmosphere with the constant hip-hop music during the games created a fun, chill competition setting.

 

Let’s hope the Big3 doesn’t get too serious and keeps it light and fun.

 

Contact LVSportsBiz.com founder/writer Alan Snel at asnel@LVSportsBiz.com

 

Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com.

Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle.

In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com.

After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent.

Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

alan32963gmail-com has 162 posts and counting.See all posts by alan32963gmail-com