The BIG3 has its fair share of big men who will be crashing the boards when the new professional 3-on-3 league tips off on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Kenyon Martin and Charles Oakley are two guys who definitely stand out. Those two won’t face each other until Aug. 13, when Martin’s Trilogy plays Oakley’s Killer 3s at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The question is: Will Kmart and Oak go head-to-head before the season even begins?

New York – As Ice Cube and his league of basketball superstars gear up for the BIG3’s inaugural season, FOX Sports has put together a star-studded roster of its own.

Fresh off the 2017 BIG EAST Championship on FOX and FS1, play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson returns to the court alongside analyst Jim Jackson as BIG3’s lead broadcast team. Johnson, an eminent figure throughout the industry, pairs his infectious enthusiasm with Jackson’s extensive NBA experience and unparalleled knowledge of the game.

You’ve got to have a pretty high level of self-confidence to play professional basketball. You don’t get to the highest level of any sport without believing in yourself. But it might be safe to say that no professional athlete – in any sport – is as supremely self-confident as Stephen Jackson.

So it’s no surprise that the co-captain of the Killer 3s expects to take the inaugural season of the BIG3 league by storm.

Rashad McCants knew exactly what he was getting into when he signed on to play in the BIG3, the new professional 3-on-3 basketball league that begins play June 25.

“It’s a resurrection for me as a player and as a person,” McCants told Uproxx.com’s DIME Magazine. “It is something that I am just extremely grateful and excited for. I want to wake everybody up and help them remember who I was as a player.”

McCants was a national champion at the University of North Carolina in 2005, and the 14th overall pick in the NBA draft that year, taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He showed flashes of his scoring prowess, like in 2007 when he averaged 14.9 points and was 41 percent from three-point range.

This week, ESPN announced it has signed NBA Countdown analyst Chauncey Billups and Killer 3s Player Captain to a new, multi-year deal. Billups, the former NBA Finals MVP, will continue as a core member of ESPN’s and ABC’s NBA Countdown pregame and halftime team attached to all regular NBA telecasts, including for the NBA Finals, the Conference Finals, the NBA Playoffs and throughout the regular-season.

 

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