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(LOS ANGELES) March 21, 2018 - The BIG3 has signed WNBA superstar and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman as the next coach of Power, making her the first female head coach in a men’s professional sports league. Lieberman will assume the coaching position vacated by Clyde Drexler who became league commissioner last week.

“Nancy is one of the sharpest basketball minds and also one of the most competitive,” said BIG3 Commissioner Clyde Drexler. “Her experience and basketball acumen will stand out in the BIG3, which is filled with star players and coaches. I couldn’t be happier to pass her the coaching torch.”

Lieberman, who got a taste of the BIG3 during the inaugural season when she joined Ball Hogs Coach Rick Barry as a guest Assistant Coach for Week 6 in Dallas, will coach Power Captain Corey Maggette and Co-Captain Cuttino Mobley. Team Power, which finished the season in fourth place after falling to Ricky DavisGhost Ballers in the BIG3 Playoffs, will fill three roster spots during the 2018 BIG3 Draft set to take place Thursday, April 12 live on FS1 and the FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps.

"It’s an honor and privilege for me to be a part of the BIG3 and its vision,” said Nancy Lieberman. “We have former NBA players and Hall of Fame coaches who still love the game, have a deep respect for the competition, and a passion to play competitive basketball. It's in our DNA. Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have provided this unique platform for all of us. Who's got next?!"

Lieberman brings an unparalleled resume to the league, including eight years of professional play in the Women's Professional Basketball League and WNBA, eight years of professional coaching experience in the WNBA, NBA D-League (Texas Legends Head Coach) and NBA (Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach), and time as a broadcaster for ESPN and ABC. Lieberman also made two Olympic appearances (earning a silver medal) and was named to three All-American teams while winning back-to-back AIAW National Championships at Old Dominion University.

“We have added an absolutely tremendous coach in Nancy Lieberman - not a tremendous female coach, a tremendous coach, period,” said BIG3 Chairman Amy Trask. “With this latest addition to our BIG3 team, Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have again demonstrated that they hire without regard to gender, race, religion, ethnicity and other individualities which have no bearing whatsoever on whether one can do a job.”

BIG3 Co-Founder and Co-CEO Ice Cube added, “She was a helluva player and she’s a helluva coach. Nancy’s a winner and I expect her to win in this league.”


The 2018 BIG3 season kicks off Friday, June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston.


Player Combine on April 11; Live Draft Airing on FS1 April 12

(NEW YORK, NY) March 19, 2018 FOX Sports will broadcast the BIG3 2018 Player Draft on April 12, 8-10 p.m. ET, following the league’s Player Combine on April 11. The draft will air live on FS1 and the FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps, incorporating footage from the previous day’s combine, where nearly 100 players will vie for 19 available roster spots. The combine takes place at Santa Monica College (Calif.) followed by the 2018 BIG3 Player Draft, also in Los Angeles.

“The BIG3’s inaugural season showed everyone that we are all about competitive, 3-on-3 basketball being played at the highest level,” said BIG3 co-Founder and co-CEO Ice Cube.  “Players know that to dominate in the league, you’re going to have to go hard and earn your buckets.  It’s that level of intensity that has attracted so many talented new players this season.  With over 100 guys in the draft pool competing for 19 roster spots - there are absolutely no guarantees. I’m looking forward to seeing who puts on a show and rises above the rest.”

Six of the BIG3’s eight teams will fill three remaining roster spots at the BIG3 Draft.  Per BIG3 rules, the championship team, Trilogy, must keep its existing roster to defend the title. 3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 Runner-up, exercised the option to keep two original draft players, and chose to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown, and will send Eddie Basden back into the draft pool. 

BIG3 expanded its 2018 season team rosters from five to six players, adding a second co-captain to each team. Ron Artest, Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Baron Davis, Carlos Boozer and Drew Gooden have been announced as co-captains.

“The BIG3 is bold and different, and we’ll showcase that energy throughout our live broadcasts,” says John Entz, President, FOX Sports Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.  “In season two, we’ll focus on both the preseason tip-off moments and on-court matchups that accelerate the league.”


The 2018 BIG3 Draft pool comprises players from the 2017 inaugural BIG3 season and newly signed players, including Jerome Williams, Lee Nailon, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Al Thornton, DeShawn Stevenson, Joe Smith, Brian Cook, Moochie Norris, Mike James, Mike Sweetney, Larry Hughes, Kendall Gill, Xavier Silas, Andre Owens, Jannero Pargo, Keith Bogans, Tyrus Thomas, Quentin Richardson, Eddy Curry, Greg Oden, Smush Parker, Morris Peterson and Jonathan Bender.

The BIG3 recently announced the 2018 season schedule, unveiling several new stops including Houston, Oakland, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Boston, and Atlanta. The 10-week season will tip off in Houston, Texas on June 22 at the Toyota Center.  For more information about the league, visit  All games will be broadcast on FOX and FS1 as well as streaming on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps


BIG3 Players Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal, Jerome ‘Junk Yard Dog’ Williams and Corey Maggette Join BIG3 Board of Directors


(NEW YORK) March 15, 2018 — NBA Champion and 10-time All-Star Clyde Drexler has been named Commissioner of the BIG3.  Drexler, who served as coach of BIG3 team Power for the league’s inaugural 2017 season, has signed a three-year deal that will see him as BIG3’s Commissioner through the 2020 season. As Commissioner he will help lead the BIG3’s basketball operations as well as executing the league’s long-term strategy on all fronts.

“Clyde is a consummate professional, revered businessman, and indisputably one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball,” said league Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube.  “We were thrilled to have his early support as a coach for our inaugural season, and couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the executive team as BIG3 Commissioner.”

Clyde ‘The Glide’ Drexler is a 15-year NBA veteran, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, NBA League Champion (‘95), 10-time NBA All-Star, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history.  During his distinguished NBA career, Drexler played for the Portland Trail Blazers (‘83-’95) and Houston Rockets (‘95-’98) and won a gold medal as part of the 1992 US Men’s Olympic Basketball ‘Dream Team.’

“I wholeheartedly believe in what Ice Cube and Jeff have brought to life with the BIG3,’ said Drexler.  “The level of play and the professionalism I witnessed last season far exceeded anything that many of us involved ever imagined.  I am proud to assume the role of BIG3 Commissioner and look forward to working closely with Ice Cube and Jeff as we continue to build off of the momentum established in our first season.”

In his role as Commissioner, Drexler will join the BIG3 Board of Directors, alongside Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube, and Chairman of the Board Amy Trask.  Also joining the Board as directors and board observers will be players Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal, Corey Maggette and Jerome ‘Junk Yard Dog’ Williams as well as legal legend Mark Geragos.


Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Oakland Among New Hoops Hotbed Stops For 2018

10 Week Season Tips Off in Houston; 2018 League Champions To Be Crowned in Brooklyn


(NEW YORK) March 12, 2018 — BIG3 has unveiled the 2018 season schedule, giving fans a glimpse at where they can catch the three-on-three league that lit up last year’s summer basketball scene.  The inaugural season thrilled fans in arenas across the country with gritty, competitive basketball featuring some of the sport’s biggest and most iconic names.  This offseason BIG3 has showed no signs of slowing, and has continued to bolster their roster of all-star talent, attracting new players like Metta World Peace, Amar’e Stoudemire, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, Nate Robinson and Baron Davis, to name a few. 

“During the offseason, we heard from BIG3 fans all over the country who want to see their favorite ballers come to their cities. People are really pumped up to see some of their beloved NBA greats play the game of basketball at the professional level again,” said BIG3 co-Founder and co-CEO Ice Cube.

The BIG3’s ten-week season will tip off in Houston, TX on June 22 at the Toyota Center, and will visit Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Dallas, Boston, with Atlanta hosting the playoffs, and the Championship Game taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  All stops will feature four back-to-back games and will take place on Friday evenings this season.

BIG3 games will be broadcast live on FOX Broadcast Network and FS1 all season long.

The full season schedule is below:


WEEK 1 | June 22: Toyota Center | Houston,Texas

WEEK 2 | June 29: United Center | Chicago, Illinois

WEEK 3 | July 6: Oracle Arena | Oakland, California

WEEK 4 | July 13: Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, Michigan

WEEK 5 | July 20: American Airlines Arena | Miami, Florida

WEEK 6 | July 27: Air Canada Centre | Toronto, Ontario

WEEK 7 | August 3: TD Garden | Boston, Massachusetts

WEEK 8 | August 10: Infinite Energy Arena | Atlanta, Georgia

WEEK 9 | August 17: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas *Playoffs*

WEEK 10 | August 24: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York  *Championship Finals*

“We were thrilled by how quickly fans embraced the league last season, and look forward to bringing them an even bigger and better BIG3 this year. All off-season we've been working hard to elevate the game - we've added incredible talent, new cities, and have more exciting updates on the way," added BIG3 co-Founder and co-CEO Jeff Kwatinetz.

Information on 2018 season ticket sales is forthcoming.  For more information, please visit