Big 3

The fireworks will be on display a few days early in Charlotte, N.C., this summer. By the time Independence Day rolls around, fans in the basketball-crazed state of North Carolina will still be buzzing about the BIG3 action that takes place July 2 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.

Allen Iverson walked out onto the court wearing jeans and a baseball cap. There was still time before Tuesday’s BIG3 practice in Los Angeles was set to begin. Still, Iverson grabbed a basketball and started sinking threes.

No team in the BIG3 is more mysterious than the Ball Hogs. They were the last of the BIG3's 8 teams to be announced and they feature the league's most unexpected lineup.

Brian Scalabrine -- a.k.a. White Mamba, a.k.a. player/captain of the Ball Hogs in the new BIG3 professional 3-on-3 league that begins play in less than a month – paid close attention during the league’s combine workouts in Las Vegas on April 29.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was the last pick in the inagural BIG3 Draft. He is the oldest player in the league. But, the man Phil Jackson, Michael Rapaport and Dale Brown recently called "Steph Curry before Steph Curry" may just be the biggest surprise of the 2017 season.