Big 3

Jeffrey Osborne will return to the Staples Center this Sunday to sing the National Anthem to open Week 8 of BIG3. The On The ‘Wings Of Love’ singer has previously performed before NBA finals series games in 2008, 2009, and 2010 as well as the World Series in 1988 and 1990 in Oakland.

The Los Angeles crowd also see a halftime performance from LA native Snoop Dogg and a 4 point challenge featuring Ice Cube facing off with LaVar Ball. 

Tickets are available for Week 8 here.  

It's #BIG3TakesLA week and everybody's talking hoops.

When the inaugural BIG3 schedule was released this spring, you can be sure league co-founder Ice Cube had Aug. 13 circled on the calendar. After traveling all over the country through the first seven weeks of the season, the regular season concludes Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It might as well be Cube’s back yard.

“I’m excited about finally being home,” he said. “Coming to the Staples Center is symbolic for me, because this is where I’ve seen the Lakers win championships. And when I envisioned the BIG3, I envisioned it to be in places like the Staples Center.”

Growing up in Compton, Cube of course was a die-hard Lakers fan. Still is.

“I got the BIG3, but I’m still the biggest Laker fan out here,” Cube told Good Day LA. “I love my Lakers.”

After all, the whole idea behind starting the BIG3 began after Cube watched his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, drain 60 points in his Lakers career finale. So it’s safe to say Los Angeles and the Staples Center are already a big part of the BIG3 story.

Of course, Los Angeles is a big part of the basketball story in general. Since moving to LA in 1961, the Lakers have won 11 NBA championships. From Kobe and Shaq to Magic and Kareem to Wilt, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, the bar for LA basketball has always been set extremely high.

In addition to Cube, a trio of BIG3 players were born in the area: Ball Hogs captain Brian Scalabrine (Long Beach), Ball Hogs co-captain Josh Childress (Harbor City) and Tri-State’s Lou Amundson (Ventura). For what it’s worth, Amundson’s Tri-State teammate Dominic McGuire grew up down the road in San Diego.

Being the second-largest market in the U.S. and featuring a booming AAU community, it’s easy to understand how the area can produce so many big-time ballers.

In recent seasons, there have been around 20 NBA players born in the greater Los Angeles area, including a trio from Ice Cube’s hometown of Compton – DeMar DeRozan, Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Jennings.

Other notable NBA players, past and present, who were born in Los Angeles include:

Gilbert Arenas

Baron Davis

Gail Goodrich

James Harden

Richard Jefferson

Kawhi Leonard

Andre Miller

Tracy Murray

Reggie Theus

Klay Thompson

Russell Westbrook

Dorrel Wright

George Yardley

Nick Young

Killer 3s Player/Coach Charles Oakley announced via Twitter today that he will make his playing debut during the team’s final regular season game on Sunday, Aug. 13 at STAPLES Center. Player Captain Chauncey Billups will assume coaching duties in Los Angeles.

Oakley, who played 19 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Knicks, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets, is most known for his time in New York. Over the course of his 10 seasons with the Knicks, he made a name for himself as one of the best rebounders and defenders in the league alongside legends Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Mark Jackson. Oakley is one of the toughest and most feared players in the history of the NBA with unmatched physicality and intensity.

In Los Angeles for the regular-season finale at STAPLES Center (2 p.m. PT), Oakley will take the court with Player of the Week Stephen Jackson and league leading rebounder Reggie Evans in a battle to topple undefeated Trilogy (7-0). In a repeat matchup from Week 1, fans can expect a heated game as Oakley, Jackson, and the Killer 3s (2-5) look to get revenge and ruin Trilogy’s perfect season.

In front of the stars in Los Angeles, Week 8 will bring intense competition with four games that have Championship contention implications. Fans across the country can catch all the action on Monday, August 14 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Tickets are currently on sale at BIG3.com/Tickets.