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Big3 Basketball To Open Second Season Friday at Toyota Center

The professional three-on-three basketball league includes eight teams, made up largely of retired NBA players.

Former Houston Rocket and Houston Cougar basketball legend Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, flanked by actor/rapper Ice Cube and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, announcing the start of the Big3’s second season.

The Rockets' season may be over, but Houstonians won't have to wait until October to get their next fix of pro basketball. The Big3, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league, opens its second season Friday night at the Toyota Center.


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The Big3 is the brainchild of actor and rapper Ice Cube. Speaking at Houston's City Hall, Ice Cube said kids are more likely to play 3-on-3 basketball than with teams of five. He also noted that, as of 2020, the game will become an Olympic sport.

"The Big3 comes right on time, you know," Ice Cube said. "It's the professional version of 3-on-3 basketball, played by former NBA greats, and we have Hall of Fame coaches."

The league's commissioner is former Houston Rocket – and Houston Cougar – Clyde "The Glide" Drexler.

"You know last year we didn't come to Houston. This year, obviously, I put in a strong bid for the city of Houston," Drexler said.

The eight-team league will play a set of four games Friday evening. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

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Andrew Schneider

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