The second season of the BIG3 league tipped off last night, and the end of the game in Houston brought some WWE-style intrigue. Former NBA star Nate Robinson hit the game-clinching shot, and moments later, nearly got into a fight with former UNC standout Rashad McCants.
The BIG3 is a three-on-three league featuring a number of former NBA stars, including some true greats.
Last night, things got started in Houston, and a game between Tri-State, featuring Robinson, Jermaine O'Neal, Amar'e Stoudamire, and Bonzi Wells, and Trilogy, with McCants, Kenyon Martin, and Al Harrington, got heated.
For whatever reason, McCants showed up to the game with a Joker mask and the Infinity Gauntlet from Avengers: Infinity War. Apparently Robinson didn't appreciate the props.
The BIG3 games are played to 50, and up 48-34, Robinson hit a three to seal the win. He immediately took off for the Trilogy bench, to try and steal McCants' mask.
Nate Robinson and Rashad McCants had to be separated after Robinson went for the mask.
It probably wasn't the worst thing that could happen for Ice Cube and his league. The clip is making the rounds this morning.
The BIG3 games are all broadcast on FS1. The kitsch of seeing old stars play can be fun, the basketball is mostly middling, but if players are going to get this heated, that might keep some attention on it this summer.
If anything, the second year of the league proves that our thirst for hoops goes way past the NBA finals. The league is rivaled by The Basketball Tournament, which features a number of alumni teams and has games broadcast on ESPN networks. There is also LaVar Ball's JBA, though fan interest is questionable so far.